Biden and Trudeau bypass tensions for unity on Covid-19, China, climate

26 Février, 2021, 17:12 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Joe Biden

"By identifying supply chain risks, we can meet the President's commitment to accelerate USA leadership of clean energy technologies", The White House said.

At the White House on Wednesday, the president said he had directed top aides to meet with industry representatives and US allies in search of a short-term fix.

Lower-level meetings will be conducted as needed throughout the year, the statement added.

Although Covid-19 restrictions kept the two leaders apart physically, they went out of their way to demonstrate that the giant neighboring countries are back to their traditional closeness after the tension of Trump's "America First" policies.

The move opens up legal avenues to migrate to the U.S. that former President Donald Trump had closed off, arguing at the time that it was in the best interest of the economy in the early months of the pandemic.

Trudeau was the first foreign leader to congratulate Biden on his election win, and perhaps it's no wonder.

Canada and the United States will push each other toward more ambitious climate goals, Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said Wednesday after a meeting with special envoy John Kerry.

He also called on China to release two jailed Canadians - Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig - who have been detained in the Asian country for over two years, New York Post reported.

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They were swept up more than two years ago in an act of retaliation for Canadian authorities arresting and detaining Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou to await extradition south of the border, where she's accused of violating U.S. sanctions on Iran. Biden said that the proclamation issued by his predecessor last spring has prevented these individuals from entering the USA, resulting, in some cases, in the delay and possible forfeiture of their opportunity to receive Fiscal Year 2020 diversity visas and to realise their dreams in the country.

But White House press secretary Jen Psaki says no immediate changes to the regime are on the horizon.

The Biden administration after a review has found "deep problems" with the USA policies towards China pursued during the Trump administration.

One area Trudeau and Biden did not comment on in the public portion of their remarks was the USA decision to cancel the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, a project fiercely opposed by environmentalists but backed by Ottawa and previously by Trump. Groups that favored lower levels of immigration said they were essential for protecting US workers.

Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, praised Biden's announcement, but said "it's just a start".

In addition to signing the executive order, Biden will also hold an Oval Office meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to discuss the issue, according to his daily schedule.

On Tuesday, Biden said the USA and Canada would work together to meet or exceed effective and attainable emissions targets, all in hopes of reaching the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.

The president's proclamation, however, did not revoke a different set of Trump's pandemic-related restrictions on certain temporary worker visas, including H-1Bs, which technology companies use to hire coders and engineers from other countries.

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