Coronavirus: Biden told Obama that China was 'not the problem' as Trump continues blaming Beijing for outbreak
Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden said last year that he told former President Barack Obama during his eight-year stay at the White House that “China is not our problem”.
The former vice president’s words have gained relevance at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has escalated and the current leadership has repeatedly held Beijing responsible for the pandemic’s outbreak. The US and China are also in the middle of a trade war and that brings Biden’s observation even more under the scanner.
Biden, who has had a terrific run in the Super Tuesdays in March by winning 18 out of 23 states, said during a campaign in Iowa last October: “I’ve met virtually every major world leader in the last 40 years — not hyperbole, fact.”
“We talked about China. I said China is not our problem. China is not our problem if we invest and remember who we are. Imagine the situation — I’ve spent more time with Xi Jinping than any world leader had before I left the vice presidency,” the 77-year-old said.
Biden's words set a reverse trend
Just when Washington’s relation with Beijing deteriorates over the outbreak of the pandemic, the former vice president’s record on China could create some noise ahead of the November 3 election this year. While over 3,200 people have lost their lives in the coronavirus in China and almost 81,000 got affected, the death toll in the US is over 200 and the number of affected people crossing 14,000.
Besides the loss of lives, the pandemic has also left a serious impact on the US’ economic and social scenarios as the country stares at a recession. The Trump administration has accused Beijing for being responsible for the worldwide hardships and it is now to be seen whether Biden’s moderate words on China cause any decisive impact on the ongoing election cycle.
While Biden said last year that China is “not competition” for the US and that “they’re not bad folks”, his family ties with China have also come under question. A review conducted by Daily Caller News Foundation last year on the foreign dealings of Biden’s businessman son Hunter discovered that he received over $700,000 from Rosemont Seneca Bohai, a New York-based capital management company having close links to one of China’s national banks.