Biden Calls for Review of National Security Strategy on China During Pentagon Visit

February 11, 2021 by TWN Staff
President Joe Biden speaks to Department of Defense personnel alongside Vice President Kamala Harris and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on the Pentagon to conduct a review of of the United States’ national security strategy on China.

The decision, announced during the president’s first visit to the Defense Department, comes amid a growing recognition that the U.S. faces increasing challenges posed by China’s modernized and more assertive military.

Defense Department officials told reporters accompanying the president that the review would weigh U.S. intelligence, troop levels in the region, defense alliances with China and more.

Biden said the task force would “work quickly, drawing on civilian and
military experts across the Department” and make recommendations to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin “so that we can chart a strong path forward on China-related matters.”

“It will require a whole-of-government effort, bipartisan cooperation in Congress, and strong alliances and partnerships,” the president continued.

“That’s how we’ll meet the China challenge and ensure the American people win the competition of the future,” he said.

Biden is determined to depart from President Donald Trump’s approach to China — a relationship that placed economic and trade concerns above all else and then effectively crashed and burned after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

During his remarks, Biden told Pentagon personnel “there is no aspect of our agenda of the 21st century leadership where the women and men of the Defense Department do not have a role — whether it’s helping curb the pandemic here at home and around the world; or addressing the real threats of climate change that already is costing us billions in impacts on our bases, on our national security; or being part of an ongoing fight for racial justice.”

“You are essential to how we must rethink and reprioritize our security to meet the challenges of this century, not the last,” he said.

“We need to take on the dangers and opportunities of emerging technologies, enhance our capabilities in cyberspace, ensure that we are positioned to lead in a new era of competition, from deep sea to outer space,” Biden added. “And we need to meet the growing challenges posed by China to keep the peace and defend our interests in the Indo-Pacific and globally.”

The China task force is to present its findings to Austin within four months. No final public report is anticipated, but Pentagon officials will discuss recommendations with Congress and others, officials said.

In The News

Health

Voting

Geopolitics

Russian Economy Damaged By Western Sanctions, Think Tank Finds
Think Tanks
Russian Economy Damaged By Western Sanctions, Think Tank Finds
May 6, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- Although western sanctions have not forced the Russian government to completely end its aggressions in Ukraine, the true impact of the sanctions has not been fully acknowledged, according to a new report from the Atlantic Council, an international affairs think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C.... Read More

Withdrawal From Afghanistan Will Diminish U.S. Intelligence Network, CIA Chief Says
Geopolitics
Withdrawal From Afghanistan Will Diminish U.S. Intelligence Network, CIA Chief Says
April 29, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee were warned by CIA Director William Burns that American intelligence operations in Afghanistan will be kneecapped by the United States’ imminent withdrawal from the region.  Burns, confirmed as the head of the CIA by the Senate last month,... Read More

Harris to tell UN Body it's Time to Prep for Next Pandemic
Health
Harris to tell UN Body it's Time to Prep for Next Pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will make the case before United Nations members on Monday that now is the time for global leaders to begin putting the serious work into how they will respond to the next global pandemic. The virtual address, Harris' second... Read More

Carnegie Endowment Urges Biden To Reverse Trump's Israel-Palestine Policies
Geopolitics
Carnegie Endowment Urges Biden To Reverse Trump's Israel-Palestine Policies
April 22, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a think tank based in Washington, D.C., says the U.S. should discard the Trump-era Israel-Palestine policies as a first step to break the status quo. The new report argues that the U.S. ought to establish clearer channels of... Read More

Biden Opening Summit with Ambitious New US Climate Pledge
White House
Biden Opening Summit with Ambitious New US Climate Pledge

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will open a global climate summit with a pledge to cut at least in half the climate-wrecking coal and petroleum fumes that the U.S. pumps out, a commitment he hopes will spur China and other big polluters to speed up... Read More

U.S. Condemns China's Attempts To Silence Hong Kong Protestors
Geopolitics
U.S. Condemns China's Attempts To Silence Hong Kong Protestors
April 21, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

The U.S. has condemned the sentencing of protesters in Hong Kong, which it says was a violation of their rights under international agreements and an indefensible attempt to silence dissent by the Chinese government.  Last week, Chinese authorities sentenced seven protesters in Hong Kong: Martin Lee,... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top