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  • China ‘closing in fast,’ US President Joe Biden warns Congress, as he asks for trillions in spending.
  • Biden has repeatedly recognized competitors with China as the best overseas coverage problem the US faces.
  • He and his fellow Democrats in addition to opposition Republicans have all moved towards a tougher line on dealings with Beijing.

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden took intention at China in his first speech to Congress on Wednesday, pledging to take care of a powerful U.S. army presence within the Indo-Pacific and promising to spice up technological growth and commerce.

“China and other countries are closing in fast. We have to develop and dominate the products and technologies of the future,” Biden stated.

And in a line that drew among the strongest applause of the night, he stated, “There is simply no reason the blades for wind turbines can’t be built in Pittsburgh instead of Beijing.”

Biden has repeatedly recognized competitors with China as the best overseas coverage problem the nation faces. He and his fellow Democrats in addition to opposition Republicans have all moved towards a tougher line on dealings with Beijing.

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“America will stand up to unfair trade practices that undercut American workers and American industries, like subsidies to state-owned enterprises and the theft of American technology and intellectual property,” Biden stated.

He additionally stated he advised Chinese language President Xi Jinping that the USA will keep a powerful army presence within the Indo—Pacific “just as we do for NATO in Europe – not to start conflict – but to prevent one.”

Whereas providing few specifics, Biden gave extra consideration to China than some other overseas coverage concern in a speech largely targeted on home insurance policies.

He has been urging lawmakers to move a sweeping bipartisan package deal of laws now making its method by way of the Senate that will press Beijing on human rights, handle the commerce imbalance and increase funding for U.S. growth of recent applied sciences to compete extra successfully with China.

“America won’t back away from our commitments to human rights and fundamental freedoms and our alliances,” he stated.

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Biden additionally addressed competitors with one other geopolitical rival, Russia. He stated he had made clear to President Vladimir Putin that Moscow’s interference in U.S. elections and cyber assaults on authorities and companies would have penalties, however Washington doesn’t search escalation.

And, in a departure from the go-it-alone overseas coverage of his Republican predecessor former President Donald Trump, Biden stated he would work intently with allies to counter the threats posed by the nuclear applications of Iran and North Korea.

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