He is expected to outline his position on global foreign policy challenges
President Joe Biden will outline his foreign policy views during his first major State Department address Thursday.
While he may not go into specific detail about the new U.S. approach to foreign adversaries, including China, North Korea, Russia, and Iran, Biden is expected to share his vision of global challenges and how to confront them.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that the president believes the U.S. should work closely with allies on China.
State Department spokesman Ned Price expressed a similar position in a press briefing later that day.
“Our policy has not changed,” Price told reporters, noting that the policy is based on the One China principle.
Asked by Voice of America, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said last week that the U.S.-China relationship “is and probably will be the most important relationship in the world.”
The new U.S. president has already held telephone conversations with several foreign leaders, including traditional U.S. allies and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The White House said that in his conversation with Putin, Biden raised sensitive topics such as the arrest of opposition figure Alexei Navalny and Russia’s cyber espionage campaign, while trying to find common ground through the renewal of an important nuclear arms control agreement.
On Wednesday, the U.S. and Russia announced a five-year extension of the START-3 treaty, which limits the two countries’ strategic nuclear arsenals.
“We are realistic about the challenges Russia poses to the United States and the world,” Secretary Blinken said in a statement.
He added that the U.S. will “seek to hold Russia accountable for hostile actions and human rights violations, in close coordination with our allies and partners.”
Biden will speak amid the formation of a new U.S. approach to China, which officials said will include a policy of “strategic patience.”
Working with supply chains and countering intelligence threats from China are among the administration’s top priorities. It was previously reported that President Biden would soon sign an executive order to analyze U.S. supply chains.
“We know that some of China’s actions hurt American workers: it reduces our technological advantage, it threatens our alliances and influence in international organizations, and it commits serious human rights abuses that are deeply resented,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said this week.
“We will therefore resist China’s aggressive and coercive actions, maintain our core military advantages, defend democratic values, invest in advanced technology, and rebuild our vital security partnerships,” he added.