In a dramatic turn of events, overturning President Donald Trump’s decision to severe ties with the World Health Organisation, US President-elect Joe Biden has announced that United States will rejoin WHO.
He said that he wants to make sure that China – which drew sharp criticism from other nations for misleading the world in the initial days of the virus outbreak – plays by the rules. Trump had announced in April that the US would withdraw from WHO.
Biden spoke out his mind while responding to a question on Thursday about his remarks during Presidential Debates that he wanted to punish China over the way Beijing had been behaving. He was also asked if that would encompass tariffs or economic sanctions on Xi Jungping-ruled China.
“It’s not so much about punishing China, it’s about making sure China understands they’ve got to play by the rules. It’s a simple proposition,” Biden said during his meeting with a group of governors in his hometown in Wilmington in Delaware.
“We’re going to rejoin on day one… And we have to make sure there are certain right lines the Chinese understand,” Biden said.
This afternoon, @KamalaHarris and I met with a bipartisan group of governors from the @NatlGovsAssoc’s Executive Committee. We might be Democrats and Republicans, but we’re Americans first — and together, we’re going to beat COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/pEkHtf4l4d
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 19, 2020
Chinese strategic experts feel that Biden administration may work towards breakthroughs in resuming dialogue and rebuilding mutual strategic trust between the two countries. Relations between the US and China had nosedived during Trump’s tenure over China’s expansionist designs.