Source: JUST WORLD EDUCATIONAL Published:2020-10-17
Amb. He Yafei :
I have to say, the pandemic should have been a good opportunity at the very beginning for U.S.-China to have expanded cooperation and to jump start a worsening bilateral relationship. But what happened, unfortunately, has led a highly precarious battle of geopolitics, using COVID-19 as a battleground that further pushed the bilateral relationship to the brink of the precipice.
Dr. Michael Swaine:
I would say that for most democratic countries, it's certainly not a terribly attractive model for a political system or development. And I'd say its handling of COVID, although I would say better than that of the United States, has nonetheless been somewhat of a mixed picture. So I'd say that while the level of China's hard power has increased notably, its soft power in some ways has diminished in recent years. So in terms of the overall U.S.- China balance, I think China has increased its economic leverage globally relative to the U.S. in part due to its increased capacities and in part due to America's own mistakes, and has definitely increased its economic and military power in the Asia Pacific.And in fact, that is where the shift in balance and power balance counts the most. Both sides need to recognize that neither can nor should dominate Asia and both need to work to reduce misunderstandings and miscalculations.
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On the night of 7th November 2020 (Beijing Time), several US medias reported that Biden had won in the presidential election. At the same time, the China-US People-to People Exchange Research Center at Renmin University of China who is operated and managed by Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China (RDCY), jointly organized with No Cold War and Tricontinental Institute for Social Research one international symposium on "The US Presidential Election and the Future of US-China Relations”, inviting 11 experts from China, USA, UK, India, Canad and Bolivia to discuss the future trends of Sino-US relation under Biden's governing. The seminar also released a lengthy report, ‘An Analysis of American “New Cold War” policy’, published in the core journal Northeast Asia Forum (No.6, 2020). This seminar took the rare form of simultaneous transmission in both Chinese and English, and was broadcast simultaneously on international new media platforms such