Before touching down in the UK yesterday, Joe Biden issued an executive order to boost scrutiny of Chinese software and apps, capping a string of recent moves by the administration to turn the screws on China.
The US president plans to use this week’s G7 summit to encourage allies to join Washington in taking a harder stance towards Beijing.As he boarded Air Force One for his first overseas trip as president, Biden said he would use the week in Europe to strengthen alliances and “make it clear to [Russia’s president Vladimir] Putin and to China that Europe and the US are tight”.
The latest executive order aims to protect the personal data of Americans, including health and genetic information.
Biden hopes to persuade his counterparts to rebuke China over its persecution of Uyghurs in Xinjiang, its crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, its economic coercion of countries such as Australia, and its aggressive military activity in the South and East China Seas. The Senate this week passed a bipartisan bill that would provide $250bn to help the US maintain a competitive edge over China in critical technologies such as artificial intelligence and quantum computing. And the Pentagon on Wednesday finished a three-month review of attempts by China to challenge US defence strategy, after concluding that Beijing had become one of its most serious “pacing threats”.
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US inflation Bloomberg-surveyed economists expect the year-on-year inflation rate to have jumped to 4.7 per cent in May, compared with 4.2 per cent in April.
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