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Biden pledges to pursue a trade and economic agenda that will protect ‘our intellectual prosperity’



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President-elect Joe Biden on Monday said that he would pursue a trade and economic agenda that protects the United States’ “intellectual prosperity” regarding controversies with China’s repeated violations of U.S. intellectual property in commerce and trade.

At Monday’s televised presidential transition briefing, Biden said that the United States should embrace its “democratic partners” around the world in order to increase the nation’s economic leverage.

“In defense of our shared interest and our shared values, we make up 25%—almost 25%—of the entire economy of the world,” he said. “But together with our democratic partners, we more than double our economic leverage.”

Biden then went more in depth regarding a range of broad issues, ultimately saying that the U.S. is stronger when it works with its allies.

“On any issue that matters to the U.S. and China relationship: from pursuing a foreign policy to the middle class; including a trade and economic agenda that produces and protects American workers, our intellectual prosperity, and the environment; to ensuring the security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region; to championing human rights; we’re stronger and more effective when we’re flanked by nations that share our vision and the future of our world,” the president-elect said. “That’s how we multiply the impact of our efforts, and make those efforts more sustainable.”

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New documents show China trying to establish ‘satellite state’ in Caribbean



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China has been “exploiting a fragile security environment and taking advantage of the region’s need for economic investment to gain influence and advance its malign agenda” in a move that challenges U.S. hegemony in the Americas, U.S. Southern Command Comm. General Laura Richardson recently told Congress in written testimony.

The Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, located about 220 miles from the U.S. Virgin Islands, is where China is planning to establish a special Chinese-run economic zone, according to documents reviewed by Newsweek

Just The News  reports that per the documents, the area will have its own customs and immigration facilities, a shipping port and it will even issue passports. China will also establish different kinds of businesses that will specialize in things from facial surgery to virology, the latter of which is closely associated with the research in Wuhan that is the suspected source of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A spokesperson for SOUTHCOM said that the U.S. military is “aware that China may use its commercial and diplomatic presence for military purposes. In Asia, Africa and the Middle East, China has already abused commercial agreements at host-country ports for military aims; our concern is they may do the same in this region.”

More than two-thirds of the 31 nations under SOUTHCOM’s responsibility have signed onto China’s belt-and-road initiative, which is Beijing’s program to lend money to developing nations to use for infrastructure projects, according to Just The News.

Several nations have had problems with repaying such loans, resulting in Beijing seizing the country’s assets. For example, Sri Lanka struggled to pay back Beijing in 2017 and instead signed off the rights to a strategic port, according to Foreign Policy.

Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Mo., a member of the House Oversight Committee proving China’s incursion inside the U.S. sphere of influence, told Just the News on Monday night that Beijing’s aggression in the Caribbean reminded him of the Soviet’s intervention in Fidel Castro’s Cuba more than a half century earlier.

“It reminds me of Russia’s involvement in Cuba, just 220 miles off the shore of the US Virgin Islands. We have Antigua. It used to be considered the United States back yard. Unfortunately, today, it’s China’s front yard,” Burlison told the “Just the News, No Noise television show. “And China has used the united front to enter into loan agreements and contracts to create trade zones within Antigua in order to gain a foothold into the Caribbean.”

“And this is just part of their efforts around the globe, whether it’s in African countries or Laos. They’re they’re creating a network to try to undermine the U.S. dollar and try to end run around some of our tariffs and other programs,” he warned.

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