China says there is ‘no room to compromise’ on Taiwan in response to Biden’s vow to defend it from attack
The Chinese government has responded to President Biden’s recent pronouncements that the U.S. would defend Taiwan if China attempted to attack it.
Biden’s commitment: During CNN’s town hall on Oct. 21, Biden said his administration is committed to defending Taiwan, echoing his previous statements that deviate from the longstanding U.S. policy of “strategic ambiguity.”
On Friday, Joe Biden became the first U.S. president to proclaim Oct. 11 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a move that will further recenter a holiday commemorating Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Americas toward awareness and celebration of Native American peoples and cultures.
Recognizing Native Americans: In the presidential proclamation, Biden sought to recognize Native Americans’ contributions to the U.S. and acknowledge the nation’s historical wrongdoing toward Indigenous peoples.
‘Thank you for all you do’: Biden honors Fil-Am frontline workers to start Filipino American History Month
As October marks Filipino American History month, President Joe Biden expressed his gratitude to Filipino Americans for enriching and strengthening the U.S. over the years.
Biden’s statement: In a statement issued by the White House on Saturday, the president and the first lady recognized the contributions of Filipino Americans in the U.S. He honored the Filipino community for their sacrifices in armed services and in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The U.S. officially concluded its 20-year presence in Afghanistan, with the departure of the last American military plane from Kabul on Tuesday.
End of America’s longest war: The head of U.S. Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie, announced the completion of the military mission which sought to evacuate “American citizens, third-country nationals and vulnerable Afghans,” reported Bloomberg.
SARS-CoV-2, the pathogen that leads to COVID-19, was not developed as a biological weapon, the U.S. intelligence community said after a 90-day investigation into the disease’s origins.
Why this matters: Since the first case of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, near the end of 2019, the world has demanded answers for its possible origins. Among those theorized in public is the infamous “lab leak theory,” which claims that SARS-CoV-2 was created in a laboratory in Wuhan.
Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations are urging President Joe Biden to be extra careful to not further aggravate anti-Asian hate as the results of an investigation on COVID-19’s origins near their release.
About the report: The Biden administration launched a 90-day investigation into COVID-19’s origins in May amid the spread of the so-called “the lab leak theory,” which proposes that the pandemic resulted from SARS-CoV-2 escaping from a laboratory in Wuhan, China.
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris met with leaders and representatives from the Asian American (AA), Native Hawaiian (NH) and Pacific Islander (PI) communities on Thursday to discuss the surge in hate incidents.
Follow-up meeting: Biden and Harris convened with the leaders in March, following the Atlanta spa shooting that took the lives of six Asian women and two others, KHON2 reported.
Olivia Rodrigo appeared at the White House press briefing to help promote COVID-19 vaccinations to younger people on July 14.
President Joe Biden has nominated several people for key roles, including Chantale Wong as the U.S. Director of the Asian Development Bank, with the rank of Ambassador.
The nomination: Wong has over 30 years of experience in a multi-disciplinary field, including finance, technology and the environment, according to the White House announcement on Friday. She is also a leading authority in international development policy.
President Joe Biden appointed a Hawaii native to lead an initiative that calls for equity and justice towards Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) on May 28.
President Joe Biden has announced the appointment of Erika Moritsugu as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Senior Liaison on Wednesday.
Vital voice: Moritsugu, who was also appointed as Deputy Assistant to the President, is set to “be a vital voice to advance the President and the Administration’s priorities,” a recent press release issued by the White House noted.
The White House announced on Tuesday new plans to address the rise of anti-Asian violence reported throughout the country.
Leaders speak out about the rise of anti-Asian violence: In the wake of the Atlanta shootings on March 16 which took the lives of eight people including six Asian women, Asian American lawmakers and activists gathered for a congressional hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee.