Editorial: Check for China

US President Joe Biden said the Group of Seven (G7) nations agreed in their approach to China and are looking to “de-risk and diversify” their ties with China so that they do not depend on one country for necessary products. While addressing a press conference in Hiroshima, Biden said, “We are also united in our approach to People’s Republic of China.

A joint statement released yesterday outlines the shared principles we have all agreed at the G7 and beyond dealing with China,” Biden said.”We’re not looking to decouple from China. We’re looking to de-risk and diversify our relationship with China that means taking steps to diversify our supply chains so we are not dependent on any one country for necessary products. It means resisting economic coercion together and countering harmful practices that hurt our workers. It means protecting that narrow set of advanced technologies critical for our national security. Those elements were all agreed by the G7,” he added.

Responding to the question regarding ties between China and US as the military hotline is not working between the two nations, Joe Biden said, “You are right. We should have an open hotline. At the Bali conference, President Xi and I agreed we are gonna do and meet on and then the silly balloon that was carried ……. spying equipment was flying over the United States. It got shot down and everything changed in terms of talking to one another. I think you’re going to see that begin to thaw very shortly.”