"We salute the fact" that John Kerry, Biden's special envoy for climate, traveled to China, Italian ambassador to the U.S. Armando Varricchio told HuffPost.
The country is considering mixing vaccines to help boost their effectiveness, but they have not approved use of any foreign vaccine.
Human rights groups are urging action to call attention to alleged Chinese abuses against Uyghurs, Tibetans, and residents of Hong Kong.
China’s Foreign Ministry denounced the sanctions as “based on nothing but lies and disinformation.”
The meetings in Anchorage, which continue with a closing session on Friday, were a new test in increasingly troubled relations between the two countries.
“We will not let you take our voice away from us.” Rep. Grace Meng fired back at Rep. Chip Roy for blaming China for the rise in anti-Asian violence.
The White House isn't spreading racist terms anymore, but the Biden administration and lawmakers in both parties still depict Beijing as a dark national security threat.
China, which is hosting the winter games next year, is facing heightened scrutiny for human rights abuses.
The officials said the information was evidence of bad character, in an effort to invalidate the women’s accounts of abuse in Xinjiang.