Biden says China must play by 'international norms'

Biden says China must play by 'international norms'
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President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenMcCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he disagreed with her impeachment articles against Biden Biden, Trudeau agree to meet next month Fauci infuriated by threats to family MORE said on Thursday that China must play by “international norms” when speaking about possible retaliatory action against the country for mishandling the coronavirus pandemic when it first broke out.

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“The president's approach to China has been backwards,” said Biden. “I met with [President] Xi [Jinping] more times than anybody had up until the time we left office that I’m aware of.”


Biden said his goal would be to make it “real clear to China there are international rules that if you want to play by, we'll play with you. If you don't, we're not going to play.”

“It's not about punishing them for COVID virus; it's about insisting that there be international norms that are established that they play by,” Biden said.

Biden said that he would insist on stopping the theft of national secrets and “artificial intelligence capacity.” He added that the requirement on tech companies to have 51 percent of their partners be Chinese in order to conduct business in the country was “not going to happen in our administration.”

Harris appeared to be more reluctant to make any definite statements.

“We are not in a position of stating policy about our relationship with any of these countries at this moment,” she said. “And frankly, we are early in the process, sadly, of getting information that is classified information or intelligence briefings just started. So we're not in a position to respond to that specifically.”

Last week the General Service Administration certified Biden and Harris as the winners of the 2020 presidential election, three weeks after the election ended.

Since winning the election, Biden has indicated that he will pursue a more open relationship with world governments than Trump had during his presidency. After announcing his national security nominees, Biden declared, "America is back," adding that his team was "ready to lead the world, not retreat from it. Once again, sit at the head of the table. Ready to confront our adversaries, and not reject our allies, ready to stand up for our values."