The fact that U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration pulled the plug on allies and friends in Afghanistan, and against the advice of allies in NATO, just affirms its all-encompassing focus on China in foreign policy. I think there was a perception that under Biden, there would be a softer stance there than under U.S. President Donald J. Trump.
Actually, Trump was never ideological on China, he was always willing to cut a deal, the best deal ever, but Biden is ideological. His team have a huge issue with China – human rights, the threat to U.S. hegemony, et al. It means more tensions, risks around the US-China relationship, whether around trade, intellectual property, cyber-attacks, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Uighurs. And it is really hard to see where there could be a deal. The Biden guys really do see it as a fight for survival with China.