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Something Strange Is Happening at the Commerce Department — and across the Biden Administration

The Chinese flag flies over the American flag in Shanghai, China, July 30, 2019. (Aly Song/Reuters)

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo told the Wall Street Journal that she sees one of her responsibilities as promoting U.S. business engagement with China. “I actually think robust commercial engagement will help to mitigate any potential tensions,” she said in an interview published this morning.

That’s troubling for a number of reasons.

First, the Biden administration seems to be accommodating Beijing on a number of fronts. Raimondo’s comments on boosting U.S. business engagement with Chinese firms come as the Biden administration reportedly nears a deal with Huawei to drop U.S. charges against the company’s CFO, whose extradition from Canada the Trump administration sought

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