Biden unveils Pentagon group to evaluate U.S. strategy for dealing with China


WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden announced Wednesday a new Defense Department task force aimed at assessing the U.S. military’s China strategy.

„That’s how we’ll meet the China challenge and ensure the American people win the competition in the future,“ Biden said in his first visit as commander in chief to the Pentagon.

The new Pentagon group, made up of approximately 15 experts, will be responsible for providing recommendations on China-related matters to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. Findings and recommendations are due within four months.

„No final public report is anticipated, although the department will discuss recommendations with Congress and other stakeholders as appropriate,“ the Pentagon wrote in a statement announcing the new task force.

China’s influence over global commerce and international relations has continued to grow, even as the nation has faced calls for accountability over its initial handling of the Covid-19 crisis.

The novel coronavirus, which causes the disease, originated in China in late 2019. Biden on Wednesday punted on a question about whether the U.S. would hold China accountable.


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