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Biden admin. takes ‘wait and see’ approach to China trade

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken addresses a media conference with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at EU headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken addresses a media conference with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at EU headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken addresses a media conference with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at EU headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

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UPDATED 11:28 AM PT – Wednesday, March 24, 2021

According to Joe Biden’s secretary of state, the administration will not push China to hold up its side of a recent trade agreement with the European Union.

After a meeting with NATO foreign ministers Wednesday, Antony Blinken asserted the U.S. will not force allies into a “us or them choice” when it comes to China despite saying the communist country is a threat to the west.

While highlighting so-called climate change, however, Blinken said countries should work with China where possible. In the meantime, he said he U.S. will wait to see whether China will open its economy up to Europe as well as follow international labor laws.

“Our judgement is that the onus is really going to be on China to demonstrate that the pledges it has made on forced labor, on state-owned enterprises, on subsidies are not just talk,” stated the secretary of state. “And that the Chinese government will follow through on the commitments that it has made, so I suspect that not only will we be looking into that, but so will the European Union.”

Blinken’s comments come amid a wave of criticism against the Biden administration for seemingly backing down to China following talks with trade officials in Alaska.

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