Washington Update

October 21st, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

Burns puts economic and tech competition at center of US-China relationship

Biden’s nominee for US ambassador to China, Nicholas Burns, appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday. Burns took a hardline yet clear-eyed view on China, calling it the “strongest, most dangerous” US competitor in the world. Like several senior Biden administration officials, Burns believes that the US-China relationship should balance cooperation and competition. He said that...

October 14th, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

US and China kick off new trade talks

Late last Friday, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai and China’s Vice Premier Liu He met virtually to discuss US-China commercial issues and the two countries’ implementation of the Phase One trade deal. The conversation came after Tai had announced earlier that week that the Biden administration would use Phase One as a tool to maintain US-China dialogue on trade and address outstanding market access issues. 

Tai and Liu agreed on the...

October 7th, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

Sullivan and Yang build on momentum from Biden-Xi call at meeting in Switzerland

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with Politburo Member and Director of the Office of Foreign Affairs Commission Yang Jiechi in Switzerland on Wednesday to identify areas where the United States and China can work together to address vital transnational challenges. Sullivan emphasized the importance of maintaining “open lines of communication” in order to ensure “responsible competition” and...

September 30th, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

US-EU tech council had inaugural meeting, mirroring themes in Raimondo speech 

The United States-European Union Trade and Technology Council (TTC) met on Wednesday in Pittsburgh to coordinate their strategies on technology, economic, and trade issues. While the joint statement released after the meeting did not mention China by name, it made several references to non-market economies and trade policies that harm US and EU workers, consumers, and businesses. More specifically, the...

September 23rd, 2021
By Anna Ashton and Allie Klein

Biden and Xi tell UN they are not seeking conflict

President Joe Biden delivered his first speech before the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. Biden stressed that he welcomes competition but not “a new Cold War or a world divided into rigid blocs.” President Xi Jinping offered similar reassurances in his pre-recorded remarks, saying China will never “invade or bully” others and has “no intention to fight a Cold War or hot war with any country.”  

Biden identified several...

September 16th, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

Biden reaches out to Xi as US ponders new Section 301 investigation

Last week, President Joe Biden initiated a phone call with President Xi Jinping after a series of less senior conversations had stalled. The White House readout shares that the presidents discussed several broad, strategic issues and are considering a face-to-face meeting in the future, while sticking to an “ongoing” and “high-level” communication channel in the meantime. According to China’s Ministry of Foreign...

September 9th, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

Commerce indicates controls on foundational technologies still under consideration

During a US-China Economic and Security Review Commission hearing on Wednesday, Acting Undersecretary for the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Jeremy Pelter said that foundational technologies should be controlled using multilateral regimes. While it is unclear if or when BIS will take action, Pelter’s statement is the strongest indication yet of the Biden administration’s...

September 2nd, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

US-China tensions threaten to derail climate collaboration

This week, US Climate Envoy John Kerry traveled to China to continue climate discussions with his counterpart, Climate Envoy Xie Zhenhua, and also met with Foreign Minister Wang Yi. While both sides agree that climate change must be addressed in coordination, Wang argued that collaboration on climate change cannot be divorced from the overall US-China relationship and that the United States must bring the relationship “back on...

August 26th, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

Nicholas Burns officially nominated as ambassador to China

Last Friday, the Biden administration nominated Nicholas Burns to serve as US ambassador to China. Burns’s nomination has been anticipated since May and comes just weeks after Qin Gang, the new Chinese ambassador to the United States, arrived in Washington. Burns is a career diplomat who has served as under secretary for political affairs and ambassador to NATO at the State Department. Biden’s decision to select a skilled...

August 19th, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

It was a quiet week in Washington on the China front, as the administration and policymakers were focused on Afghanistan and Congress is out of town for August recess. Meanwhile, the Biden administration is quietly continuing its comprehensive China policy review, which is expected to conclude in the fall.

Congress continues to grapple with how to fit multiple China packages into this year’s packed legislative calendar. It is still unclear where China legislation falls in Congress’s...

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