Monday, March 27, 2023

No Love Lost: Summary of US-China Tensions – Usky News

Paris: The United States and China, already at loggerheads over a range of issues from Taiwan to semi-conductors, have seen a deterioration in relations since washington A suspected Chinese spy balloon passing over the US was shot down.
Here’s a rundown of his controversies:
Beijing insisted that the balloon, shot down on February 4, 2023, after a week of flying over the US and Canada, was a faulty weather monitoring device. It accused the US of sending its own balloons to China, which Washington denied.
The incident caused Foreign Minister Antony Blinken to postpone his visit to Beijing, which was presented as an opportunity to repair relations.
Beijing has been angered by US President Joe Biden’s defense of self-ruled Taiwan – especially after he said, for the first time in October 2021, that Washington would defend the island militarily if China attacked.
He returned in 2022, saying that Washington maintained its “One China” policy.
Tensions flared again in August 2022 after then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan.
Beijing responded by conducting unprecedented military exercises around the island.
Beijing, which claims a policy of neutrality in global affairs, has rejected US calls to publicly condemn its ally Moscow over the war in Ukraine.
In February, Blinken accused Beijing of considering giving arms to Russia. Beijing dismissed the claim as “false”.
Washington also wants China to rein in North Korea, fearing the reclusive state will soon conduct its seventh nuclear test.
Both Russia and China, North Korea’s longtime allies and economic backers, have vetoed Washington’s calls for tougher UN sanctions on Pyongyang.
The question of where the COVID-19 pandemic originated has been the subject of a war of words between Washington and Beijing since the virus first emerged in China in early 2020.
Former US President Donald Trump alleged that the virus was accidentally leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan, a theory reiterated by FBI chief Christopher Wray in February 2023.
Beijing has strongly denied the allegation.
Biden, while more measured than Trump, has accused Beijing of hiding key information about the origins of Covid.
The world’s first (US) and second largest (China) economies are locked in a fierce battle for control of the semi-conductor market.
Taiwan accounts for about 50 percent of the world’s production of the chips used in everything from smartphones and cars to missiles.
Washington has taken steps to limit China’s ability to buy and make high-end chips with military applications,
China has taken the US to the World Trade Organization over sanctions.
In 2021, Washington announced that China’s action Uyghur The minority in the northwestern region of Xinjiang amounts to “genocide”, a charge rejected by Beijing.
Beijing has been accused by rights groups of detaining more than a million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in camps.
In June 2022, the United States banned most imports from Xinjiang to punish Beijing for what rights groups call forced labor in camps. Beijing denies the allegations.
There are also differences between Washington and Beijing over the resource-rich South China Sea.
Beijing claims sovereignty over almost all of the sea, but the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei say they also own parts of it.
Beijing has ignored a ruling by an international court that found its claims had no legal basis.
In January 2023, Biden ordered a two-year extension of the program allowing Hong Kong residents to stay in the United States beyond the expiration of their visas.
Biden described the Chinese government’s “assault on the autonomy of Hong Kong” and the undermining of the territory’s democratic institutions.


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