Biden administration pledges to stand firm against China trade
Chinese President Xi Jinping and then Vice-President Joe Biden raise their glasses in a toast during a luncheon at the State Department in Washington in 2015. –File Photo
Tackling the Covid-19 pandemic by securing vaccine supply chains and production is a top priority. The report largely formalizes statements made in recent weeks by Biden and his USTR nominee Katherine Tai, who is awaiting Senate confirmation.
"Americans and consumers around the world do not want products made with forced labour on store shelves, and workers should not be disadvantaged by competing with a state-sponsored regime of systematic repression," the report said.
Restoring frayed relations with allies and trading partners also will be part of Biden's strategy for dealing with Beijing in the effort to "address global market distortions created by industrial overcapacity."