National security adviser Jake SullivanJake SullivanBiden to commit to working with ‘Quad’ countries to expand vaccine accessThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by the National Shooting Sports Foundation – House passes relief bill; Biden set for prime time addressOvernight Defense: House passes .9T COVID-19 relief bill | McConnell says Capitol security reminds him of ‘last visit to Kabul’ | Austin, Blinken heading to South Korea, Japan in first overseas tripsMORE said Friday that tariffs and export controls will not be a top issue when U.S. and China holds their first in-person meeting next week.
“This is our effort to communicate clearly to the Chinese government how the United States intends to proceed at a strategic level, what we believe our fundamental interests and values are, and what our concerns with their activities are,” Sullivan said during a press conference at the White House Friday.
“I don’t expect that, for example, the phase one trade deal is going to be a major topic of conversation next week,” he added.
The State Department announced Wednesday that the meeting next week in Anchorage, Alaska will take place with top Chinese officals. Sullivan and Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenJapanese prime minister expected to be Biden’s first foreign visit at White HouseBiden to commit to working with ‘Quad’ countries to expand vaccine accessChinese lawmakers back move to tighten grip on Hong KongMORE will meet with Chinas foreign minister Wang Yi and Yang Jiechi, a member of the Politburo.
Asked about the meeting during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing later Wednesday, Blinken said it was an important opportunity, for us, to lay out in very frank terms the many concerns we have with Beijings actions and behavior that are challenging the security, prosperity and values of the United States and our allies.
The meeting is expected to cover a range of topics, including the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, and Chinas behavior in Hong Kong. President BidenJoe BidenThe Memo: Nation rallies for Biden on his COVID-19 responseDemocrats debate fast-track for infrastructure packageJapanese prime minister expected to be Biden’s first foreign visit at White HouseMORE has said he wants to work with Beijing in areas of shared interest and will pressure China on its human rights record.
While the Trump administration and Beijing engaged in a tit-for-tat trade war for years, Sullivans remarks suggest that the levies will take a backseat in negotiations with China moving forward.
The U.S. and China signed a phase one trade deal during the Trump administration that laid out guidelines for Beijing to increase its purchases of U.S. agricultural goods, though it is unclear if those promises have been fulfilled.
The Biden administration has said it is reviewing Trumps trade policies.