At right, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands in 2019. China believes its push to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership hinges on gaining support from New Zealand. At left, the foreign and defense ministers of Japan and the U.K. hold a videoconference on Feb. 3. Beijing fears a new Anglo-Japanese alliance focused on containing China. (Source photos by Reuters)
Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff writer and editorial writer at Nikkei. He spent seven years in China as a correspondent and later as China bureau chief. He is the 2014 recipient of the Vaughn-Ueda International Journalist prize for international reporting.
TOKYO -- For three weeks after taking office, U.S. President Joe Biden did not speak to Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. They spoke on Thursday, before Beijing enters a long Chinese New Year holiday.