Joe Biden Elected As the New U.S. President; What Will Be Its Impact on the Pak-US Relationship?
Joe Biden elected as the new President of the U.S. what will be its impact on the Pak-US relationship? As stated by American political activist Noam Chomsky, every President of the United States has a new belief or doctrine that has an intense effect on the overall geopolitics. Therefore, every state’s foreign policy changes with the change in White House representatives.
With the triumph of Joe Biden in the U.S. elections of 2020, it will be essential to understand how this outcome will impact the Pak-US relationship.
Joe Biden Elected As the New U.S. President and PM Imran Khan Congratulated Him on His Victory with the Hope of Restoring Relations:
Imran Khan congratulated Joe Biden on his victory with the hope of rejuvenating Pak-US relations.
In his tweet, he highlighted the point to end the illegal tax havens of political leaders. Pakistan is looking forward to Biden’s administration’s viewpoint on Islamabad’s position in FATF (Financial Action Task Force).
Congratulations @JoeBiden & @KamalaHarris. Look forward to President Elect Biden's Global Summit on Democracy & working with him to end illegal tax havens & stealth of nation's wealth by corrupt ldrs. We will also continue to work with US for peace in Afghanistan & in the region
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) November 7, 2020
Joe Biden has served as Obama’s vice president through both of his terms in the White House. Therefore, PM Imran Khan shed light on this topic because it was Obama’s administration that advocated Pakistan’s addition to the grey-list of FATF due to the state’s frail anti-money laundering arrangement.
Pakistan will have to work hard to take its name out of the FATF list.
Biden’s Presidency Can Pose A Threat to the Pak-US Relationship:
Biden’s presidency can prove to be a threat to Pakistan. There are chances that Pakistan may go back to the time of Obama’s tenure. When there was the concept of “AF-PAK“.
In this policy, Obama joined Pakistan with Afghanistan. Furthermore, in response to Obama’s policies, the then President Asif Ali Zardari said that “Afghanistan and Pakistan are different states and should not be put together in the label of AF-PAK.”
Under Trump’s presidency, the U.S. moved close to India, whether economically or militarily. In the last month, New Delhi has signed the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) with Washington.
This deal will provide India access to American geospatial intelligence, enhancing its missiles, armed drones, and automated systems. Therefore, Joe Biden, as the new U.S. President, can prove to be a negative impact on the Pak-US relationship.
How Biden’s Presidency Can Prove to help establish Favourable Economic Relations Between Pakistan and the U.S?
Joe Biden elected as the new U.S. President. What will be its impact on Pak-US relations? There are chances that Joe Biden, as the new U.S. President, will prove to help establish friendly and cooperative ties between U.S. and Pakistan.
Biden has visited Pakistan, and, unlike Trump, he does not have the “America First” foreign policy. Furthermore, he believed to have a different approach towards foreign relations and is more concerned with restoring Washington’s international relations.
“Hilal-e-Pakistan” Bestowed on to Biden:
Joe Biden has been regarded as Pakistan’s strategic regional partner. Along with Senator Richard Lugar, he approved the 2008 Enhanced Partnership Act with Pakistan during his term as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC).
In that year, Pakistan has granted the second-highest civilian award, “Hilal-e-Pakistan,” to Biden and Lugar. Moreover, Pakistan has believed that Joe Biden, as the new President of the U.S., would get back the old Pak-US relationship.
Biden has opposed the Kashmir policy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, Biden may not stretch it to where his state’s relations with India would be affected.
However, the U.S. cannot stop supporting India because of its rivalry with China. Nevertheless, it can play the role of the strategic balancer in the relations of Pakistan and India as before.
Under Biden, not much will change for Pakistan; however, everyone says that never lose hope. Therefore, we are optimistic about the policies of Biden and that he will prove to help pose a positive impact on the Pak-US relationship. In his tenure, both the states will cooperate in the international arena.