Biden drops Trump-era ban on green card applicants

Chinese President Xi Jinping is applauded as he walks to the podium to deliver his speech

Chinese President Xi Jinping is applauded as he walks to the podium to deliver his speech

U.S. President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken listen in the Roosevelt Room of the White House as Prime Minister Trudeau speaks during a yesterday's virtual meeting.

A White House "road map'" for the bilateral partnership issued earlier Tuesday highlighted six priority areas for the meeting, including battling the pandemic, rebuilding the economy "on both sides of the border", and a "high-level climate ministerial" meeting to align efforts to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

The two leaders "robust" agenda would address the Covid-19 pandemic, economic recovery, climate change, refugees and migration, fighting for democratic values around the globe and strengthening democracies at home, Biden said.

'Human beings are not bartering chips. "We're going to work together until we get their safe return".

By contrast, Biden and Trudeau are pulling out all the stops to change the mood.

Biden worked with Trudeau, the leader of Canada's center-left Liberal Party, when he was vice president during the former Obama administration.

Thank you again for stepping up in this great way of dealing with climate change.

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The operation sends an unambiguous message; President Biden will act to protect American coalition personnel. Qassem Soleimani and powerful Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis a year ago .

"It's in the shared interest of both our countries to really revitalize and expand this historic alliance and to overcome all the daunting challenges that all of us are facing, and frankly to realize the full potential of this relationship", said a senior USA government official speaking on background.

However, the meeting will occur virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving the neighboring states to build on their common values from afar instead of in person, a senior U.S. administration official told reporters on the eve of Biden's first bilateral event as president.

Look for a similar outcome if Trudeau complains about Biden's decision to cancel the cross-border Keystone XL pipeline expansion, which he did with the stroke of a pen on his first day in the White House. General Motors said it was forced to cut output at factories in the United States, Canada and Mexico and would reassess its production plans in mid-March. Canada is now receiving doses from plants in Europe. "He politically needs to ensure that if not every single person in the United States is vaccinated before we start shipping it to other countries, that we are really well on the way to having folks vaccinated. They had to leave Title 42 intact", a source involved in the situation said. "Everyone around the world is watching this meeting very closely". They will want to get what the Canadians got and they won't all succeed. "This is the top level of access, the gold standard", a senior Western diplomat in Ottawa said.

"While the governments of our global competitors have invested heavily to attract new semiconductor manufacturing and research facilities, the absence of United States incentives has made our country uncompetitive and America's share of global semiconductor manufacturing has steadily declined", the letter said.

Zarif held meetings with Obama administration veterans who could return to power "to devise a political strategy to undermine the Trump administration" and usher in softer diplomacy between the USA and Iran, according to an unnamed former senior US official cited by The Washington Times.

Another meeting with more officials followed. Trudeau was accompanied by his finance minister, Chrystia Freeland, and others.

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.

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