U.S. President Joe Biden said Wednesday the Defense Department will review a strategy to formulate China policy through a new task force that is expected to provide recommendations “within the next few months.”
“We need to meet the growing challenges posed by China to keep peace and defend our interests in the Indo-Pacific and globally,” Biden said during his first visit to the Pentagon since becoming the commander-in-chief on Jan. 20.
The president said he was briefed on the new China task force, which will work to provide recommendations within the next few months to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin regarding “key priorities and decision points so that we can chart a strong path forward on China related matters.”
Noting that the work requires “a whole-of-government effort, bipartisan cooperation in Congress and strong alliances and partnerships,” Biden said, “That’s how we’ll meet the China challenge and ensure the American people win the competition in the future.”
The Biden administration has acknowledged the need to maintain a tough stance against Beijing as seen in the previous administration under Donald Trump, calling the Asian economic powerhouse, which has also showed increasing military assertiveness, the “most serious competitor” to the United States.
But the current administration has also been critical of Trump’s unilateralist “America First” foreign and trade policy over the past four years, saying that it has undermined alliances and multilateralism.