The formal Electoral College vote is not until December 14, but one country that is delighted by the prospect of a Joe Biden presidency—and, moreover, which has wasted no time in trying to reassert its authority over the world—is China.
China’s withering trade war with Australia is escalating sharply, prompting several of Australia’s allies to express support for a country that is heavily reliant on its giant Asian trading partner and vulnerable to political pressure.
For months, the world’s attention has been consumed by the race for the White House. Little attention, however, has been paid to another important international election—that of the next director general of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the only entity responsible for policing global trade.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the situations in Syria and Nagorno-Karabakh in a phone call with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, Russia’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday.
President-elect Joe Biden is moving to fill out his national security team with a raft of appointments to top positions that signal his intent to repudiate the Trump administration’s “America First” doctrine.
Tension between Australia and China has been driven by incorrect assumptions shaped by rivalry between China and the United States but Australia has its own interest and independent views, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday.