Washington Update

January 28th, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

The Biden administration this week affirmed its intention to hold China accountable on several fronts, making clear it would do so strategically and in coordination with allies. Strengthening cooperation on areas of shared interest, including China, were topics of President Biden and his national security team’s early engagements with foreign counterparts, which included Japan, South Korea, Australia, India, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and Canada to name a few. It is not yet clear...

January 22nd, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

Genocide determination could impede Biden’s early engagement with China  

President Joe Biden and his administration inherited an increasingly fraught US-China relationship on Wednesday. On Tuesday, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s last day in office, Pompeo determined that the Chinese government had committed crimes against humanity and genocide against the Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang. The US decision to label the situation a genocide under the UN Genocide Convention does not...

January 15th, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

With less than a week left in office, and after Trump’s unprecedented second impeachment, the outgoing administration moved quickly this week to solidify its record on China. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stepped up the pace of anti-China actions this week, with actions almost certainly designed to challenge the incoming administration’s diplomatic efforts, particularly on China. Pompeo lifted self-imposed restrictions for diplomatic engagement with Taiwan, disregarding the One China policy...

January 8th, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

Following chaos and violence at the Capitol on Wednesday, President Trump finally committed to an orderly transition of power after Congress had officially certified President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory. Democrats gained control of the Senate, with Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris to serve as a tiebreaker, a setup that could give Biden’s Cabinet nominees a comparatively smooth transition process. Biden is expected to nominate former venture capitalist and Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo...