The United States, the European Union discuss trade and technology as they seek to counter China

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The US and EU flags were photographed during Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

Francois Lenoir | Reuters

WASHINGTON – Senior officials from the United States and the European Union will meet on Wednesday to discuss several major economic and technological challenges facing the Transatlantic Alliance, as China’s ambitions increasingly affect global markets.

Secretary of State Anthony Brinken, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimundo and U.S. Trade Representative Catherine Tay will represent the Biden administration at the first U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Committee (TTC) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Biden’s team will meet with Margrethe Vestager and Valdis Dombrovski, Executive Vice Presidents of the European Commission.

The organization aims to resolve trade disputes, simplify regulatory procedures, and establish “rules of the road” for emerging technologies on both sides of the Atlantic.

The urgency of cooperation between the United States and the European Union on trade and technology shows that the West is interested in competing with China more effectively. Washington and Brussels accused Beijing of unfair trade practices, from intellectual property theft to dumping.

“Europe and the United States have a common interest in ensuring that other countries abide by these road rules,” a senior official in the Biden administration revealed details before the meeting, but did not disclose specific details. Specific government.

The official stated that the Trade and Technology Committee will focus on cooperation in the following areas:

  • technical standard
  • Supply chain security
  • Climate and green energy
  • IT security and competitiveness
  • Data governance
  • Export control
  • Investment screening
  • Global trade challenges

At the time of Wednesday’s meeting, the Biden administration was shifting from costly interventions in the Middle East and Central Asia—such as the 20-year U.S. military operations in Afghanistan—to new threats posed by Russia and China.

Last week, Biden met with the leaders of Australia, India and Japan at the White House to discuss common concerns about China’s growing military and economic influence. As China became more confident in the region, leaders also discussed Covid-19 vaccines, technical cooperation, and progress in the free and open Indo-Pacific region.

A week after Biden announced a new security agreement with the United Kingdom and Australia, the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) convened a meeting, which angered Beijing.

Biden announced with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson New trilateral security partnership Aims to strengthen and stabilize the South Pacific-Indian Ocean region.

As part of the deal, the United States and the United Kingdom will assist Canberra in purchasing nuclear-powered submarines, which will enable the Australian Navy to help counter Chinese nuclear-powered ships in the region.

A senior government official said: “This will basically enable Australia’s submarines to be deployed for longer periods of time. They are quieter and more capable. They will allow us to maintain and increase the deterrence of the entire Indo-Pacific region.” No Anonymous said earlier this month.

The official added: “What we are seeing in the Indo-Pacific region is a set of more advanced capabilities.” “This allows Australia to function at a higher level and enhance the capabilities of the United States.”

Beijing criticized security agreements and arms deals, calling them “extremely irresponsible.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said: “The export of highly sensitive nuclear submarine technology by the United States and Britain to Australia once again proves that they use nuclear exports as a tool for geopolitical games and adopt double standards. This is extremely irresponsible.” When asked about the trilateral security agreement Earlier this month.

“It is not in line with the trend of the times to seek to close an exclusive circle, and it does not conform to the aspirations of regional countries. There is no support and no way out.” He added.

Biden, who spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this month, previously said His attitude towards China will be different from his predecessor Because he will work more closely with allies to fight back against Beijing.

However, the President’s recent actions have angered America’s oldest ally.The security alliance called AUKUS triggered a Diplomatic dispute with Paris Because the deal actually canceled the long-standing arms deal between Australia and France.

Biden talks with the French president Emmanuel Macron Last week, in order to ease tensions, the two leaders agreed to meet in Europe at the end of October. During the call, Macron also agreed to send Philippe Etienne, the French ambassador to the United States, back to Washington.

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