Biden says US must "hold China accountable to follow the rules"

Author : bangjosh
Publish Date : 2021-03-25 19:23:56

Biden says US must "hold China accountable to follow the rules"

President Biden spoke at length today about what the US must do in order to hold China accountable regarding imports, exports, and human rights issues.

"Earlier this month, and apparently got the Chinese attention, that's not why I did it, I met with our allies and how we're going to hold China accountable in the region; Australia, India, Japan, and the United States, the so-called quad. Because we have to have democracies working together. Before too long, I'm going to have — I'm going to invite an alliance of democracies to come here to discuss the future, and so we're going to make it clear that in order to deal with these things, we are going to hold China accountable to follow the rules; to follow the rules," Biden said.
There is currently a tariff on the majority of the goods being shipped from China into the United States. The average rate is 19% — more than six times higher than before the trade war began in 2018, according to the Peterson Institute for International Economics. American importers pay those duties.
The taxes have raised the price for items such as baseball hats, luggage, bicycles, TVs, sneakers and a variety of materials used by American manufacturers.

The tariffs on Chinese-made goods have cost American importers more than $82 billion so far, according to US Customs and Border Protection.

Biden also addressed lingering human rights issues plaguing China.

"Americans value the notion of freedom. America values human rights. We don't always live up to our expectations but it's a value system. ... And as long as you and your country continue to so blatantly violate human rights, we're going to continue in an unrelenting way to call to the attention of the world and make it clear, make it clear what's happening," he said today.
More background: The US announced sanctions Monday against two Chinese officials for "serious human rights abuses" against Uyghur Muslims, a step coordinated with allies including the European Union, Canada and the United Kingdom, which imposed sanctions on the same individuals and others, the Treasury Department said.

The announcement was part of a broader show of unity by the US and its international allies, all voicing condemnation for Beijing's repression of Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang province.

Biden says he expects he will run for reelection in 2024
From CNN's Maureen Chowdhury

President Biden said he expects to run for reelection in 2024.

"Yes, my plan is to run for reelection. That's my expectation," Biden said to CBS' Nancy Cordes during his first news conference since his term began.

Former President Trump had announced his plans for reelection soon after starting his first term.

Biden later noted to CNN's Kaitlan Collins: "I'm a great respecter of fate. I've never been able to plan four-and-a-half, three-and-a-half years ahead for certain."

Asked who would be his running mate, Biden said he expects it would be Vice President Kamala Harris, "She's doing a great job. She's a great partner."

Biden warns North Korea of "responses" if they continue to test ballistic missiles
From CNN's Allie Malloy
President Biden warned that there would be "responses" if North Korea continues to fire ballistic missiles, following their second launch in less than a week. 

Asked about the launches at his news conference, Biden told reporters, “We’re consulting with our allies and partners and there will be responses if they choose to escalate. We will respond accordingly.”

The President also said that he agreed with then-President Barack Obama who warned in 2016 while leaving office that North Korea is the biggest foreign policy threat and issue, answering simply: "Yes."

Biden added that he’s also “prepared for some form of diplomacy, but it has to be conditioned upon the end result of denuclearization.”
“So that’s what we’re doing right now, consulting with our allies.” 

On Thursday, North Korea launched two ballistic missiles — the second such launch in less than a week.

South Korea's joint chiefs of staff said in a statement that two short-range missiles had been fired from the Hamju area of South Hamgyong province toward the sea, off North Korea's east coast, at 7:06 a.m. and 7:25 a.m. local time. 

The projectiles flew about 450 kilometers (280 miles), reaching an altitude of 60 kilometers (37 miles), and are believed to have been ballistic missiles launched from the ground, the statement said.

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