The Latest Update on the Biden Administration's China Policy

Journalist Ali Cinar shared the latest developments  on the Biden Administration's China Policy. Biden Administration is getting ready to announce easing in some China tariffs soon.

U.S. President Joe Biden has not announced a formal roadmap for establishing future trade and political relations between the U.S. and China since January 2021. After President Biden's comments supporting Taiwan's defense during his May visit to Japan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Loyd Austin stated that the U.S. has a "One China" policy.

To combat inflation, President Biden asked Gina Raimondo, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, to work on removing some of the tariffs implemented during President Trump's Administration.

Similarly, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said some tariffs on China inherited from the Administration of former President Trump served "no strategic purpose" and added that President Biden was reviewing them as a way to bring down inflation. "We all recognize that China engages in a range of unfair trade practices that are important to address, but the tariffs we inherited, some serve no strategic purpose and raise the cost to consumers," she added.

According to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, Washington will actively pressure China, the second-largest economy in the world, to alter its business practices. Tai emphasized that the U.S. "will not be indifferent anymore" to the rules of China.

Jake Sullivan, the U.S. National Security Advisor, announced that President Biden and Chinese President Xi would communicate by phone within the next few weeks.

Western allies have become more cautious about China's actions. The G-7 Leader's announcement of a $600 billion Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment to compete with China's Belt and Road Initiative was a solid message to China. In addition, NATO has the first-time addressed challenges that China poses toward NATO's security, interests, and values under the NATO Concept document.

There is a possibility that President Biden may announce this week a rollback of some United States tariffs on Chinese consumer goods -- as well as a new probe into industrial subsidies that could lead to more duties in strategic areas such as technology.

Recently, Secretary of the Treasury Yellen held a virtual meeting with Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China Liu He as part of the Administration's ongoing efforts to maintain open lines of communication. Both discussed macroeconomic and financial developments in the U.S. and China, the global economic outlook amid rising commodity prices, and food security challenges. 

There is a possibility that President Biden may announce this week a rollback of some United States tariffs on Chinese consumer goods -- as well as a new probe into industrial subsidies that could lead to more duties in strategic areas such as technology.

No Agreement Reached Concerning China in the U.S. Congress

The House of Representatives passed the China Competition Bill in February and the Senate in March. It is predicted that the law will provide American manufacturers with $52 billion to reduce U.S. dependency on Chinese products like semiconductors.

In regulating the new bill, it is predicted that American manufacturers will be provided with a $52 billion fund to reduce dependency on products like semiconductors produced by China. Similarly, a $2 billion fund will be provided to promote the production of equipment like critical electronic devices, defense kits, and automobile parts. Supply chain and research and development exercises will also be supported.

Furthermore, regulations on Taiwan are included in the resolution. The issues of human rights and democracy in China, funding cultural exchange between the U.S. and Taiwan, and acknowledging Taiwan as a strategic component of U.S. policy for the Indo-Pacific region.

While efforts are being made to develop a final resolution that both parties can support, Democrats and Republicans are at odds. Democrats in Congress said last week that they believed nothing was standing in the way of them passing the resolution introduced by Chuck Schumer, Majority Leader of the Senate, and Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. According to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, if the Democrats' demands are not met, Republicans will not permit the passage of this resolution through their covert economic agenda.

Industrial groups, including automotive suppliers, have paid close attention to these disputes because they involve funding for developing these semiconductor chips. In a letter to Congress, the CEOs of numerous Fortune 500 companies expressed their support for the law's implementation regarding chip production.

Ali Cinar is a journalist based in Washington, DC. He represents Ciner Media US Group(Haberturk TV and Bloomberg HT). Ali Cinar was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and was the youngest Turkish American to receive this award in over 30 years. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Communication at Liberty University

Secretary Blinken: "We're not looking for a conflict with China."

US Secretary of State, Blinken addressed outlining the Administration's policy toward the People's Republic of China at George Washington University.

Secretary Blinken stated that they would not recognize the independence of Taiwan and remain committed to their 'One China policy and said: "We're not looking for a Cold War or a conflict with China. However, the key sectors of the economy cannot be completely dependent on China. We will fight for American industry with every tool we have."

Secretary Blinken "To the contrary, we are determined to avoid both. Competition need not lead to conflict, and we do not seek it, and we will work to avoid it."

Secretary Blinken stated that the US would resist China's 'coercion that would jeopardize the economic system of Taiwan' and 'increasingly provocative rhetoric and activities' and said: "We remain committed to intensive diplomacy alongside intensive competition with China."
The US Secretary of State further stated that the US 'was ready to discuss their respective responsibilities with China, as nuclear powers.'

Secretary Blinken noted that they did not support the independence of Taiwan and said: "The 'One-China' policy of the US has not changed. However, despite the coercion and provocations of China, we will continue to expand our cooperation with Taiwan, consistent with our 'One China' policy.

Turk of America Journalist Ali Cinar picked the headlines from Biden's speech are as follows:

-The price of admission to China's market must not be the sacrifice of core values.

- China is a serious long-term challenge

- Beijing's vision would move us away from the universal values that have sustained so much of the world's progress over the past 75 years

-The key sectors of the 21st-century economy cannot be allowed to become dependent on China.

-We will fight for American workers and industry with every tool we have.

- We will align our efforts with our network of allies and partners, acting with a common purpose and common cause and harnessing these two key asset

-Competition need not lead to conflict, and we do not seek it. We will work to avoid it.

President Biden warns Chinese Leader against helping Russia

U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping have spoken to each other for the first time regarding the situation in Ukraine.

Following the discussion, Chinese state television stated that Chinese President Xi had said that the war would not benefit anyone and that Washington and Beijing needed to do their part for world peace. During the discussion, which lasted one hour and 50 minutes, Chinese President Xi told President Biden that known people from the U.S. had certainly sent very inappropriate messages to Taiwan demanding its independence and that this was very dangerous.

On the other hand, a statement made by the White House expressed that President Biden had stated, "There will be consequences if China provides financial support to Russia while this country is continuing its relentless attacks on the cities and civilians of Ukraine." It was further explained that President Biden had told Chinese President  Xi that the U.S. stance on Taiwan had not changed and the U.S. was currently in favor of the status quo continuing and that they would not support anyone who was against this. In addition, Taiwan's Foreign Ministry, in its statement, thanked Biden for his support for protecting the status quo of the Taiwan strait and maintaining the security of Taiwan.

Beijing commented on Xi's warning that sanctions only cause the suffering of common citizens.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that the news that China is considering providing aid to Russia directly in the form of military equipment is alarming.

"I agree that war crimes have been committed in Ukraine."

Secretary of State Blinken said that he agreed with President Biden's statement that war crimes were being committed in Ukraine.

Secretary Blinken said, "Personally, I agree that targeting civilians is a war crime. After all the destruction over the past three weeks, I find it difficult to conclude that the Russians are doing otherwise."

Having expressed that American experts are in the process of documenting and evaluating evidence of possible war crimes being committed in Ukraine, Blinken said, "Intentionally targeting civilians is a war crime."

The U.S. Secretary of State also said, "We believe Moscow may be setting the stage to use chemical weapons and then falsely blame Ukraine in order to justify escalating its attacks on the Ukrainian people." He also said that it is likely that Russia is planning to systematically kidnap local officials in Ukraine and replace them with puppets, a tactic that may have already been staged.

Secretary Blinken also said Russian journalists for the state media are resigning from their jobs, as "they can't stomach parroting Putin's lies anymore."

Blinken added that the most recent remarks from the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, signal that he is moving in the opposite direction from diplomacy. Antony Blinken said, "I haven't seen any tangible efforts from the Russian side to end this war with diplomacy."

President Trump: “I have seen evidence that the virus originated from the Wuhan Laboratory.”

President Trump stated that he saw convincing evidence that the Coronavirus originated from China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology. While not providing details about that evidence, Trump said, “Either China failed to stop the virus or allowed the virus to spread.”

President Trump spoke about the Coronavirus at a White House event attended by the elderly, one of the at-risk population groups most affected by the virus. When Trump began to allow questions from the media, the event, which was held at a time that the Trump administration was considering various anti-China measures, was transformed into a press conference.

“China either failed to stop the virus or allowed the virus to spread.”

Asserting that there are varying theories about the origins of the Coronavirus and how it began to spread, Trump said: “China either failed to stop the virus or allowed it to spread.”

The U.S. President said, “There are varying theories about this matter. We are considering this from both scientific and intelligence perspectives. Was it a mistake? Was it accidental?” and suggested that answers to these questions would soon be forthcoming.

“China is a smart nation in scientific terms and in a lot of other ways, and they could have stopped the spread of this virus,” said President Trump, adding that China did not want to see him elected for a second term.

“The World Health Organization is acting as China’s PR Agency.”

During the press conference, Trump again voiced his criticism of the World Health Organization (WHO) with statements such as, “It’s as if WHO is serving as China’s Public Relations Agency” and “They should be ashamed of themselves.”

Possible measures that could be taken against China under consideration.

The Trump administration is considering possible measures to be taken against China as a response to the coronavirus outbreak. Along with the economic sanctions currently being discussed is talk of lifting China’s statutorily granted sovereign immunity, which would open a path to American court cases seeking compensation based on damages. President Trump has also announced that they are considering imposing additional taxes on China.

In a statement he gave on Wednesday, American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo  said that China was not permitting the U.S. to access its Wuhan laboratory.

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