U.S. President Joe Biden turned 100 days in office this week. Senior administration officials say the Biden administration has spent its first 100 days working with allies to address the Chinese Communist Party’s challenges and has achieved initial results.
A new president’s 100 days in office is a major event in U.S. political culture.
Biden, who was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Jan. 20, plans to address Congress Wednesday night (April 28, 2021) to tell the American people about the challenges and accomplishments of the new administration’s first 100 days and to look ahead to the future of the administration, hoping to gain the support of the nation and their representatives in Congress.
Senior administration officials convened a press conference Tuesday specifically to brief the media in advance on the Biden administration’s first 100 days of national security and foreign policy accomplishments.
A senior official, who declined to be named, told the press conference that in the face of an increasingly arbitrary Chinese Communist Party, the Biden administration has taken a very different approach from the previous Trump administration, trying to work with U.S. allies and partners to address the Communist threat and challenge.
U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at a joint White House press conference (Associated Press, April 16, 2021)
As an example, the official said, “We held our first quadrilateral leaders’ summit (of the U.S., Japan, Australia and India), hosted Japanese Prime Minister Kan, had our first face-to-face bilateral leaders’ meeting (of the new administration). We ended the previous administration’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from Germany. We also eased trade tensions with Europe.”
The senior Biden administration official said the incoming administration alienated U.S. allies and pushed them toward U.S. competitors, citing the European Union’s investment deal with China last year as an example. The official said some of the steps taken by the U.S.’s European partner countries on the Chinese Communist Party soon after the Biden administration took office are evidence that the strategy of uniting allies in a joint response to the Communist Party has brought initial results.
Last month, the United States, the European Union, Britain and Canada coordinated their actions and simultaneously announced sanctions against Chinese Communist Party officials over human rights issues in Xinjiang. That was the first time since the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident that a European ally of the United States had imposed sanctions on China over human rights issues.
Previously, the U.S. and several allies also coordinated actions to publicly accuse Beijing on issues such as Hong Kong, the South China Sea, and trade subsidies.
Senior U.S. and Chinese officials to meet in Anchorage, Alaska, in March 2021 (AFP)
The White House has repeatedly said that the Biden administration is still evaluating and developing overall U.S. policy toward the Communist Party of China.
At the same time, observers have noted that the Biden administration has so far retained many of the former Trump administration’s policies toward China on issues such as tariffs, intellectual property, Hong Kong and Taiwan.