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China's GDP increased by 18.3 percent during Q1 2021 compared to a year ago. It is a remarkable performance as Q1 GDP also registered 0.6 percent growth over Q4 2020.
China is shoring up ties with autocratic partners like Russia and Iran, as well as economically dependent regional countries, while using sanctions and threats to try to fracture the alliances the United States is building against it.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's visit to Washington as the first world leader to meet personally with the newly elected U.S. president no doubt had its appeal for the new leader of Japan, but uniting the with the U.S. President Biden in his concerted effort to contain China will have its problems. The Joint Statement issued from the meeting reveled in these two major powers joining hands to assure a "free and open Indo-Pacific."
China and the US issued a joint statement on climate change on Sunday following US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry's visit to Shanghai and meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua.