In Vietnam, where the US President Joe Biden landed after hugely successful G20 summit meeting in New Delhi, he said to media,“…One of the things that is going on now is China is beginning to change some of the rules of the game in terms of trade and other issues…I don’t want to contain China. I just want to make sure we have a relationship with China that is on the up and up, squared away. And one of the ways you do that is you make sure that we are talking about the same things. And I think that one of the things we’ve done, is we have an opportunity to strengthen alliances around the world, to maintain stability. That’s what this trip was all about, having India cooperate much more with the United States, be closer with the United States, Vietnam being closer with the United States. It’s not about containing China. It’s about having a stable base, a stable base in Indo-Pacific…”.
But the US President also revealed how Chinese President Xi asked “why we were doing, why was I going to have the Quad, meaning Australia, India, Japan, the United States? And I said to maintain stability. It’s not about Isolating China. It’s about making sure the rules of the road, everything from airspace and space in the ocean, the international rules of the road are abided by”.
He went on to add that President Xi has some difficulties right now. “All countries end up with difficulties, and he has some economic difficulties, he’s working his way through. I want to see China succeed economically, but I want to see him succeed by the rules…”, he concluded his remark responding to the question.