Executive order: Biden to review key supply chains after semiconductor crunch

26 Février, 2021, 14:17 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping is applauded as he walks to the podium to deliver his speech

The order is part of the administration's effort to secure domestic supply chains in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that highlighted vulnerabilities that now exist.

Trudeau called the US-Canada relationship 'one of the strongest and deepest friendships between any two countries. "The President (Biden) and I are on the same page when it comes to standing up for the middle class and people working hard to join it", Trudeau said.

"U.S. leadership has been sorely missed over the past years" on climate change, Trudeau said, adding it was "nice when the Americans are not pulling out all references to climate change and instead adding them" into their joint statements after their meetings.

Before signing the order, Biden is scheduled to meet with a group of lawmakers from both parties at the White House to discuss the semiconductor shortage, and ways to strengthen supply chains, according to the officials.

The White House highlighted the weight it puts on the relationship by emphasizing how US-Canada ties play an important role in multilateral settings, from the G7 to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the Five Eyes intelligence alliance and the WTO.

The letter states that "strengthening the USA position in semiconductor research, design, and manufacturing is a national priority".

Wallensky said they would be 'comfortable, easy to wear and when worn will prevent infection and we believe these masks will do so'.

Communities of color and other marginalized groups have been disproportionately harmed by the pandemic in the USA, in contracting the virus, needing to go to the hospital, and dying. There was no word on whether lifting border restrictions first imposed early in the Covid crisis a year ago would feature.

But there may be more fights in the future, provided the U.S.is serious about meeting its climate-change goals, said Bill Reilly, who led the Environmental Protection Agency from 1989 to 1993 under former president George Bush.

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A Canadian official said that while Canada has received assurances from Biden's team that Buy American isn't meant to target Canada and that Ottawa will be consulted going forward, that "doesn't mean we are out of the woods".

Two Canadians were arrested in China in December 2018, shortly after being held in Canada at the request of US Vice President Huawei Ming Wanzhou.

In a summary of the meeting issued Tuesday evening, the Prime Minister's Office said discussions also touched on systemic racism, discrimination, the digital economy, defence and security issues-including modernizing NORAD, NATO missions, cybersecurity threats, and firearms, as well as relations with China.

"We very much feel that way", Psaki replied, speaking of the accusations thrown at the Trump administration.

Biden rescinded the permit by executive order on his first day in office.

He may take a similar line with Trudeau, White House press secretary Jen Psaki suggested Monday.

"Of course, the prime minister will bring up whatever he would like to bring up, as is true of any bilateral meeting".

Tuesday's session began with a 45-minute meeting between Biden, Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, national security adviser Jake Sullivan and their Canadian counterparts.



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