The outgoing U.S. vice president has called on the president-elect to uphold the current administration’s policy toward China.
According to the Trader news portal, in a note reiterating his accusations against Beijing, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence urged President-elect Joe Biden to uphold the current administration’s policy toward China and counter “China’s commercial aggression and commercial abuse.”
Pence also advised the Biden administration to promote free trade in India and the Pacific.
Another portion of this memo went on to say, “After generations of the United States and our allies defending freedom of navigation and the interests of freedom-loving nations in Asia and the Pacific, the Chinese are now determined to expand Beijing’s influence throughout the region through military provocations and diplomacy.”
The Trump administration is spending its final days in office imposing more sanctions on China.
Among other things, smartphone maker Xiaomi was blacklisted by the U.S. Defense Department for alleged ties to the Chinese military.
They also placed sanctions on a Chinese steel factory and a manufacturer of building materials in the United Arab Emirates. The reason is said to be cooperation with the Iranian state-owned shipping company, which is already subject to U.S. sanctions.
by Jeremy Abbott – American Correspondent – WPN