President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday a new Defense Department task force aimed at assessing the U.S. military’s China strategy.

 

President Joe Biden has announced a new Defense Department task force aimed at assessing the U.S. military’s China strategy.

 

“That’s how we’ll meet the China challenge and ensure the American people win the competition in the future,” Biden said in his first visit to the Pentagon as commander-in-chief on Wednesday.

 

The new Pentagon group, made up of approximately 15 experts, will be responsible for providing recommendations on China-related matters to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

“No final public report is anticipated, although the department will discuss recommendations with Congress and other stakeholders as appropriate,” the Pentagon wrote in a statement announcing the new task force.

China’s influence over global commerce and international relations has continued to grow, even as the nation has faced calls for accountability over its handling of the Covid-19 crisis.