The Latest: Biden aims to check China's growing ambitions

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President Joe Biden listens to a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON – The Latest on President Joe Biden's first news conference since taking office Jan. 20 (all times local):

2:35 p.m.

President Joe Biden says China’s ambition of becoming the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world is “not going to happen under my watch.”

Biden says at his first formal news conference as president that he'd look to help counter China’s rise by increasing American investment in science and research. It's an area where he says China is thriving while the U.S. hasn't kept pace.

The president also says he's made clear to Chinese leader Xi Jinping that the United States will continue to call out Beijing in an “unrelenting way” on human rights violations.


2:30 p.m.

President Joe Biden says Republican-led efforts in state legislatures aimed at voting restrictions are “un-American” and “sick.”