Biden’s remark referred to China’s internal tensions.

Biden's remark referred to China's internal tensions.

China’s Internal Tensions and their Global Impact


The recent comment by President Joe Biden that China is a “ticking time bomb” has sparked a heated debate on the state of China’s economy and its implications for the global community. While the comment has been met with a sharp response from the Chinese Embassy, it has also raised important questions about China’s internal economic and social tensions and their impact on its interactions with the rest of the world.

One of the areas of concern regarding China is its practice of “bullying, coercing, and intimidating countries around the world” through high-interest infrastructure loans and subsequent asset seizures when countries fail to make repayments. This behavior has led the Biden administration to request supplemental funding of $3.3 billion to boost the World Bank’s lending to developing nations, offering a credible alternative to what they deem as China’s “dangerous” loans.

While requesting supplemental funding is typically reserved for emergencies, such as wars or disasters, White House spokesperson John Kirby has defended the urgency of this request. According to Kirby, it is crucial for the United States to provide an alternative to China’s loans in order to address the issue of coercion and ensure the economic stability of developing countries.

However, China’s response to Biden’s comment has been one of caution and criticism. Chinese embassy spokesperson Liu Pengyu warned against scapegoating China and exacerbating division and confrontation. Liu stated that China opposes the U.S. side seeking to make an issue of China, smearing its prospects, and emphasized that China’s GDP growth continues to provide important support for the development of the global economy.

In his remarks, President Biden referred to China’s recent economic growth rate inaccurately, stating that it had dropped from 8% to close to 2% per year. In reality, China’s National Bureau of Statistics reported a 4.5% growth rate in the first quarter and a 6.3% growth rate in the second quarter, with GDP expanding by 0.8% in the April-June period. While these figures do represent a slowdown compared to previous years, they still indicate positive growth.

Despite the heated rhetoric surrounding China’s economic situation and its impact on the global stage, the United States has maintained consistency in its approach to push back against China’s behaviors. The Biden administration has not shied away from calling out China’s behavior, intimidation, and coercion of its neighbors and countries around the world. This stance reflects the complexity and significance of the bilateral relationship between the two nations.

White House spokesperson John Kirby acknowledged the challenging nature of the U.S.-China relationship but stressed the need to improve lines of communication. This suggests that despite the differences and tensions, both countries recognize the importance of engaging in dialogue to address issues and find common ground.

As for the future of U.S.-China relations, Kirby did not comment on whether President Biden’s recent remarks would affect the planned meeting between Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping later this year. The meeting, possibly on the sidelines of the upcoming Group of 20 leaders summit in India, will be an opportunity for the leaders to discuss various issues and seek avenues for cooperation.

China, as the world’s second-largest economy, has expressed grave concern over the U.S. executive order limiting outbound investments in certain sectors. The country has reserved the right to take measures in response to this move.

In conclusion, President Biden’s comment about China being a “ticking time bomb” was reflective of concerns about China’s internal economic and social tensions and their potential global impact. The U.S. administration’s request for supplemental funding to counter China’s infrastructure loans highlights the need for alternative financing options that promote stability and prevent coercion. The response from the Chinese Embassy emphasizes China’s role as a significant contributor to the global economy, despite economic slowdowns. As the U.S.-China relationship remains complex and nuanced, the importance of open communication and dialogue cannot be overstated. The planned meeting between President Biden and President Xi Jinping will offer an opportunity to address these issues and seek common ground.