Washington Update

April 15th, 2021
USCBC Government Affairs

John Kerry becomes first Biden administration official to visit China 

This week, United States Climate Envoy John Kerry is meeting with China’s climate envoy, Xie Zhenhua, in Shanghai, making Kerry the first senior US official from the Biden administration to visit China.The White House will continue the climate focus at a virtual world leaders summit hosted by the United States over April 22 and 23. Though USCBC sources have indicated that Chinese President Xi Jinping is likely to...

April 8th, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

Biden infrastructure plan draws criticism despite bipartisan support for several elements

Members of Congress are scheduled to return to Washington next week and begin tackling a busy agenda. While Congress was out of session, President Joe Biden unveiled a more than $2 trillion infrastructure package addressing everything from roads and bridges to high-tech equipment. A portion of the plan was billed as an investment in domestic research and advanced manufacturing to compete with...

April 1st, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

Biden and Xi’s first meeting could be at upcoming virtual climate summit 

Late last week, the Biden administration invited over 40 world leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, to a virtual summit on April 22 and 23 to address climate change. The upcoming meeting will focus on several initiatives including developing green technology innovation and the economic benefits of climate action, particularly for workers. If Xi decides to attend, this would be the first official...

March 25th, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

Biden talks competition with China, seemingly endorsing pending Schumer bill 

President Joe Biden appeared to signal support for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) pending China legislation at his first press conference on Thursday, saying that the United States will thwart China’s “overall goal” to become the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world, because the United States will continue to “grow and expand.” Biden described the US competition with China as a...

March 19th, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

Tensions high in Alaska talks with focus on strategic issues

Senior officials from the United States and China met on Thursday for their first official face-to-face meeting since the Biden administration took office. US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Secretary of State Tony Blinken met Director of the CCP Central Foreign Affairs Commission Yang Jiechi and State Councilor Wang Yi in Alaska where they publicly delivered opening remarks before privately diving into...

March 11th, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

Senior US-China meeting set for next week

On Wednesday, the State Department announced that Secretary of State Tony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan would meet with Chinese counterparts Wang Yi and Yang Jiechi in Anchorage, Alaska next Thursday, March 18. The meeting will come just days after Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin travel to Japan and South Korea for several meetings with their counterparts. The State Department has not provided details on the...

March 4th, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

USTR releases Biden’s 2021 Trade Agenda

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published President Biden’s 2021 Trade Agenda and 2020 Annual Trade Report on Monday. Biden’s agenda underscores the importance of a comprehensive strategy to address China’s coercive and unfair economic trade practices. It also mentions the importance of domestic investment in US innovation to compete with China’s economy and expand American companies’ access to global markets. It...

February 25th, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

Biden signs executive order mandating supply chain reviews

On Wednesday, the White House signed an executive order directing executive agencies to review US critical supply chains for vulnerabilities and suggest specific policies for addressing them. While the order does not directly mention China, it raises concerns about an overreliance on “nations that are, or are likely to become, unfriendly or unstable.” 

100-day review: The executive order directs agencies to immediately...
February 18th, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

In a town hall on Tuesday, President Joe Biden spoke about his approach to the US-China relationship and his recent conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Biden said his administration would reassert its role as spokesperson for human rights and ensure there are repercussions for China’s actions in Xinjiang. Doubling down, he warned that China would not become a world leader if it continued to harm basic human rights. On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki dodged a...

February 11th, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

On Wednesday, just before the Chinese Lunar New Year, President Joe Biden spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first time since Biden took office. According to the official White House readout, Biden underscored US concerns about China’s unfair economic practices, as well as the government’s activities in Hong Kong, Tibet, and Xinjiang, and assertive behavior toward Taiwan and in the Indo-Pacific region. The leaders also discussed areas of cooperation, such as climate change and...

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