The flags of the United States and China stand behind a microphone and await the arrival of then-US Senator John McCain for a press conference at the US Embassy in Beijing on April 9, 2009.
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BEIJING – The US and China can coexist peacefully and the relationship should not be viewed as a “new cold war,” said Kurt Campbell, White House coordinator for the Indo-Pacific.
“There will be times of uncertainty – maybe even times of occasional heightened tension,” he said Tuesday, according to a press release of his comments at an Asia Society event.
“Do I think China and the United States can coexist peacefully? Yes, I do,” Campbell said. “But I think this challenge will be extremely difficult for this and the next generation.”
Since US President Joe Biden took office in January, his administration has maintained the tough stance of the previous Trump administration. Biden has called China the US’s “toughest competitor”
On the controversial issue of Taiwan, Campbell reiterated that the Biden government does not recognize Taiwan as an independent country under the “one-China policy”.
Under Chinese President Xi Jinping, Beijing has made its claims against Taiwan more aggressive and pressured other countries and international organizations not to deal with the region independently.
Campbell added Tuesday that the US is “quietly investigating” trade initiatives in Asia.
While the US domestic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic remained a government priority, “the Indo-Pacific will be the center of our regional focus for the first time in our history,” Campbell said.