U.S.-China Relations [Updated February 3, 2021]   [open pdf - 444KB]

From the Overview: "The Joseph R. Biden Administration has signaled significant continuity with the Donald J. Trump Administration in its view of the challenge the People's Republic of China (PRC or China) poses to U.S. interests. In written responses to questions from Senators, thenSecretary of State-nominee Antony J. Blinken described China as 'engaged in conduct that blunts our technological edge, threatens our alliances and our influence in international organizations, and is designed to make America and its allies more dependent on China, and China less dependent on America and our allies.' Blinken has also stated that he believes China's treatment of its Uyghur ethnic minority constitutes genocide. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, at his own confirmation hearing, called China 'the most significant threat going forward.' China is 'already a regional hegemon,' he said, and seeks to become 'the preeminent power in the world in the not-too-distant future.' Biden did not immediately schedule a call with China's top leader, Xi Jinping, instead prioritizing calls to allies and partners and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Biden Administration is reviewing the Trump Administration's China actions. It has pledged to work closely with U.S. allies and partners; re-engage with the United Nations; ensure the U.S. military's competitive edge over China's; put democratic values at the center of foreign policy; and make investments at home in American workers, infrastructure, education, and innovation."

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CRS In Focus, IF10119
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