Biden’s Chance to Challenge China

When it comes to managing relations with China, a nation drawing on centuries of statecraft to inform its strategic designs, president-elect Joe Biden has no better asset than his own political maturity. After a bitter presidential campaign, the new Biden team will be tempted to jettison all of President Donald Trump’s foreign policies. That would be a mistake that Biden is unlikely to make as a longtime veteran of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and former vice president who saw his role partly as serving as a foreign affairs tutor to a young commander in chief in Barack Obama.



a group of people standing in front of a large crowd of people: People wearing face masks watch the flag-raising ceremony at Tiananmen Square to mark the 71st Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1, 2020 in Beijing, China.


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People wearing face masks watch the flag-raising ceremony at Tiananmen Square to mark the 71st Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 2020 in Beijing, China.

If they don’t know it already, Biden’s top policymakers will quickly learn that the Chinese Communist

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Biden’s transition team has more Big Tech executives than critics

Tech companies have been trying to strengthen their relationship with a future Biden administration to ensure they have a voice in an onslaught of federal and state investigations of their business practices.

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Far more executives from technology companies than outspoken tech critics were named to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team on Tuesday, offering clues on who will decide on filling key roles and ultimately influence his administration’s thinking in coming years.

Tech companies have been trying to strengthen their relationship with a future Biden administration to ensure they have a voice in an onslaught of federal and state investigations of their business practices.

The Biden transition team released a list of agency review teams on Tuesday.

Amazon.com Inc’s Tom Sullivan, an executive on the public policy team, will

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Biden’s top tech advisor Bruce Reed bodes badly for Big Tech

  • It looks increasingly likely that President-elect Joe Biden’s administration is going to come down hard on Big Tech.
  • The Biden campaign’s top technology advisor, Bruce Reed, helped draw up strict privacy legislation for California, and has publicly argued that tech companies should be held liable for harmful content on their platforms.
  • It’s not clear yet whether Reed will get a position in the Biden administration, though Reuters reports he is expected to take a “major role.”
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

As tech giants prepare for the handover of power from President Donald Trump to President-elect Joe Biden, signs are mounting that the new administration is preparing to clamp down on them.

Reuters reported Sunday the Biden campaign’s top advisor on technology, a veteran Biden staffer called Bruce Reed, has a history of advocating for policies that curb the power of Big Tech.

Per Reuters, Reed helped in

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Antony Blinken: Biden’s secretary of state nominee is sharp break with Trump era | US news

After reports first emerged on Sunday night that Antony Blinken would be secretary of state in the Biden administration, one interview from his past began circulating on social media.

It was a September 2016 conversation with Grover, a character from Sesame Street, on the subject of refugees, directed at American children who might have new classmates from faraway countries. “We all have something to learn and gain from one another even when it doesn’t seem at first like we have much in common,” Blinken told the fuzzy blue puppet.

After four years of an administration that has separated migrant children from their parents and kept them in cages, Blinken’s arrival at the state department will mark a dramatic change, to say the least.

While Mike Pompeo has remained a domestic politician throughout his tenure as secretary of state, giving the lion’s share of his interviews to conservative radio stations

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Biden’s top technology advisor has a history of cracking down on Big Tech, and he may land a major role in the new administration



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  • It looks increasingly likely that President-elect Joe Biden’s administration is going to come down hard on Big Tech.
  • The Biden campaign’s top technology advisor, Bruce Reed, helped draw up strict privacy legislation for California, and has publicly argued that tech companies should be held liable for harmful content on their platforms.
  • It’s not clear yet whether Reed will get a position in the Biden administration, though Reuters reports he is expected to take a “major role.”
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

As tech giants prepare for the handover of power from President Donald Trump to President-elect Joe Biden, signs are mounting that the new administration is preparing to clamp down on them.

Reuters reported Sunday the Biden campaign’s top advisor on technology, a veteran Biden staffer called Bruce Reed, has a history of advocating for policies

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In Georgia, can Biden’s winning coalition deliver the Senate to Democrats?

Democrats are growing confident they might be able to pull off twin victories in the Senate runoff races in Georgia in January — what would have been a long shot political upset only a few years ago but is now being viewed as a real possibility after massive turnout from suburban voters in the general election helped President-elect Joe Biden flip the state from red to blue.

Biden’s hopes of enacting his agenda rest on the outcome of the Jan. 5 runoff elections, which will determine control of the Senate. 

If Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock beat Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, the Republican incumbents, the Senate would be split 50-50. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, as president of the Senate, would control the tie-breaking vote, opening the door for the Biden administration to push through legislation on the pandemic, the economy, climate change, and other priorities.

“Georgia

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China looms as Biden’s biggest foreign policy challenge. Here’s where he stands

As United States President-elect Joe Biden faces an ugly, potentially contested transition, foreign policy may be the last thing on his mind.



Xi Jinping, Joe Biden posing for the camera: Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan are welcomed by then-US Vice President Joe Biden and his wife at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington D.C. in 2015.


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Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan are welcomed by then-US Vice President Joe Biden and his wife at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington D.C. in 2015.

But in capitals around the world, foreign leaders are already clamoring for his attention, hoping to reset relationships and restore norms that shifted under President Donald Trump.

Nowhere will there be greater opportunity for a shift than in the US-China relationship, which has deteriorated to historic lows during Trump’s term in office. Over the past four years, both sides have slapped the other with trade tariffs, restricted access for tech companies, journalists and diplomats, shuttered consulates, and squared off militarily in the South China Sea.

Analysts

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Biden’s science advisers to meet with vaccine makers in coming days

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden’s scientific advisers will meet with vaccine makers in coming days as the presidential transition remains stalled because of President Donald Trump’s refusal to acknowledge that he lost the election. That delayed handoff is especially problematic during a public health crisis, the government’s top infectious disease expert said.

“Of course it would be better if we could start working with them,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who has been through multiple presidential transitions during 36 years of government service. He likened the process to runners passing on the baton in a relay race. “You don’t want to stop and then give it to somebody,” he said. “You want to just essentially keep going.”

The president-elect’s outreach to the vaccine manufacturers comes as the coronavirus pandemic in the United States has entered perhaps its most dangerous phase. The seven-day

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What Biden’s Plan for Universal Broadband Means for Small Business

Joe Biden has broadband on his mind. The digital divide became even more apparent during the pandemic, making it nearly impossible for businesses in areas without adequate broadband access to launch a new e-commerce shop or even have Zoom calls with co-workers.

“As we’ve seen during the Covid-19 crisis, access to broadband and technology platforms has been critical to small-business survival during this period,” says Karen Kerrigan, president and CEO of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council. “Without broadband, it was very hard to pivot and move to new operating models.” 

Help may be coming soon from the White House. President-elect Biden’s website listed universal broadband as one of its priorities for economic recovery. The Trump administration pledged to spend roughly $20 billion over 10 years on expanding broadband service to rural areas, and that will likely continue under the incoming administration. Biden’s plan for rural America specifically references spending

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Where Biden’s new chief of staff stands on tech

With help from Nancy Scola, Cristiano Lima, Leah Nylen and John Hendel

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Klain, unplugged: Joe Biden’s newly announced chief of staff, Ron Klain, said in a 2017 interview that the tech industry has become so powerful that it can’t “just be left alone in some sandbox.” How does that bode for Klain’s approach to tech as he heads to the White House?

Across the pond: Conservative MP Damian Collins, one of the U.K.’s most active politicians on tech and media, expressed optimism that President-elect Biden will make strides — and collaborate across the

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