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U.S. needs to work with Europe to slow China’s innovation rate, Raimondo says


WASHINGTON – Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said Tuesday that the U.S. will rally allies in order to mount pressure on the world’s second-largest economy, an approach that differs from the “America First” policies pursued by President Joe Biden’s Republican predecessor, Donald Trump.

Raimondo stated that America’s effectiveness is best when it cooperates with its allies. Europe is needed if China wants to reduce its innovation speed.

“They’re copying our IP. They don’t follow the rules. There is no level playing field. We need to keep their feet on the fire and make sure they do,” she said, noting that Beijing “isn’t living up to the promises that they made.”

Raimondo was again asked by Raimondo if Commerce would unilaterally take actions to resolve the Great Power Competition between China and the U.S. in shaping trade rules and security practices.

We don’t want China and its autocratic government to make the road rules. Raimondo stated that we, together with allies who are concerned about privacy and freedom of individuals, need to create the rules for the road.

A request to comment was not received by the Chinese Embassy.

On Wednesday, Raimondo alongside Secretary of State Antony Blinken and United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai will represent the Biden administration at the inaugural U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council, or TTC, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Biden’s delegation will meet with Valdis and Margrethe Dombrovski, European Commission Executive Vice-Presidents. The goal is to resolve trade disputes, streamline regulatory procedures and develop “rules for the road” that can be used by emerging technology on both sides.

Raimondo stated that China must be denied the best technology in order to catch up with Europe’s other allies. She also said that the Biden administration will intensify cooperation with Europe regarding export control.

She said, “We want work with Europe and to write the rules on the road to technology,” whether that’s TikTok artificial intelligence or cybersecurity.

Biden met last week with leaders from Australia, India, and Japan to share concerns over China’s increasing military and economic power. As China asserts itself in the Indo-Pacific, leaders discussed Covid-19 vaccines and technological cooperation.

The meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or Quad — as the grouping of the four major democracies is called — came just a week after Biden announced a new security pact with the U.K and Australia, a move that angered Beijing.