US President Joe Biden expected to ban references to 'China virus' in new anti-racism policy

US President Joe Biden is expected to introduce a new policy which will target animosity towards Asian Americans over the COVID-19 pandemic.

CBS News reports the directive may come either as executive orders or a presidential memo and will be part of a series of measures focused on equity.

It's thought the measures will direct federal agencies to examine if xenophobic references such as "China Virus" appear in policy, or on government sites. 

The Department of Health and Human Services will also be asked to develop cultural training related to COVID-19, as well as broader guidance relating to dispelling racial myths.

Biden's predecessor Donald Trump repeatedly referred to coronavirus using racist and inflammatory words such as "Kung flu" and the "China virus".

As COVID-19 wreaked havoc across the US, the former president's charged commentary added fuel to the fire of racial tensions in America.

There were more than 2800 self-reported hate incidents, ranging from racial slurs to physical violence, including acid and knife attacks, between March 2020 and the end of December, according to the advocacy group Stop AAPI Hate.

Stop AAPI Hate executive director Cynthia Choi said she hopes the executive order "reverses the damage caused under the Trump administration, which used federal dollars and resources to create a hostile climate and led to backlash directed toward our community." 


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