The China hawks in the Trump administration believe that there are certain actions they can take now that will box in the Biden administration, one administration official said.
And with President Donald Trump’s loss to President-elect Joe Biden, the administration is poised to move more quickly on some of the actions it was planning to take because it is less worried about the China trade deal falling apart. That fear had always handicapped their policies from swiftly being enacted, the administration official explained.
Biden advisers say he will work closely with allies to present a united front on issues such as technology, including Huawei and 5G, intellectual property theft, China’s expansion in Asian waters and its moves to crush democracy in Hong Kong.
The administration is also hoping to pressure China to come to the table for nuclear talks with the US and Russia before Trump leaves office in January, two administration officials said, though they concede that getting China to the table is a long shot.