Although not as intense as 2020, 2021 is still a bustling year for U.S.–China relations.
On the U.S. side, the Biden administration’s China policy is a mix of tough and soft measures.
It has blacklisted dozens of major Chinese companies, including telecom giants, over national security risks. It sanctioned dozens of Chinese and Hong Kong officials over their role in suppressing Hong Kong’s freedoms and persecuting Uyghurs in Xinjiang.
It also banned imports of solar panel materials from Xinjiang, expanded a Trump-era ban on American investment into certain Chinese firms, and signed bills by Congress to counter the Chinese regime.
But the administration also dropped Trump’s attempt to ban TikTok and WeChat, reportedly approved licenses for Huawei to buy auto chips, and allowed Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou to return to China.
What’s more, under Biden, the United States issued…