A food safety factory shutdown has Americans hunting for baby formula. Readying themselves for a covid-19 lockdown, Chinese in Beijing emptied store shelves. Emerging from lockdown, some in Shanghai are visiting well-provisioned markets. U.S.-China agricultural trade is booming, but many are still being left hungry. Food security, sustainability and safety remain issues.
Documents - US-China
The U.S. State Department issues an annual report on human trafficking across the world, including in the U.S. In addition to the usual section on China, which in recent years has highlighted the detention of Uyghurs and others, the 2022 report included a special section on trafficking associated with China's Belt and Road Initiative.
The Foreign Ministry of the People's Republic of China released this statement on June 19, 2022 to rebut a speech made by the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Antony J. Blinken, The (Biden) Administration's Approach to the People's Republic of China, May 26, 2022
U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken gave this policy address at George Washington University on May 26, 2022. The event was hosted by the Asia Society.
The head of the U.S. Department of Justice's National Security Division, Matthew Olsen, spoke on February 23, 2022. While emphasizing the size and persistence of the threat of the Chinese government, Olsen also announced the Department was ending its China Initiative. Then Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the initiative on November 1, 2018. Olsen spoke at George Mason University.
U.S. President Joseph Biden called for "a summit on democracy." 110 governments were invited to participate, but China and Russia were among those not included. The Chinese and Russian ambassadors published a joint op-ed in response. A few days later, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs published this report. In some respects it follows the ministry's reports on human rights in the United States (also available at the USCI website).
Several months into the Biden administration, the U.S. Department of Justice issued this update on its China Initiative. Matthew Olsen has replaced John Demers as Assistant Attorney General for National Security. Many remain critical of the initiative's design and implementation, though not of its intent to protect U.S. intellectual property and national security. The page below reproduces (with some editorial notes) the DOJ report.
U.S. White House, Readout on the Virtual Summit
A list of the groups joining the letter is at the bottom.
U.S. Dept. of Defense, Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China 2021, November 2, 2021
The U.S. Defense Department was mandated by Congress to prepare an annual report on the military capabilities of the People's Republic of China. USCI maintains a web collection of these materials as well as those from the Chinese government.
These are the prepared remarks from Amb. (Ret.) Nicholas Burns at the start of his testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. In December 2021, Burns was confirmed as ambassador to China by a 76-18-7 vote.