The inauguration of Joe Biden as president of the United States has brought a new tone to Washington, D.C., but it is unlikely to bring about any immediate changes in American policy towards China.
In a new detailed report, Brunswick’s U.S. Public Affairs and Geopolitical teams have reviewed what China policy under the Biden Administration will most likely entail, who are the key decision makers, and what are the specific policy implications – laying out what will change, what will stay the same, and what presents the greatest risk of escalation.
The four years of the Trump administration coincided with a hardening of attitudes towards China within the U.S. Congress and national security community that is bipartisan in nature and will not immediately change with the new administration. During his confirmation hearing, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that although he disagreed with the way Trump went about implementing his policy towards China, “the basic principle was the right one.”
President Biden and his foreign policy team have laid out a policy that retains the Trump administration’s goal of confronting a rising China, but seeks to accomplish the goal of “out-competing” China through coordination across government agencies and with key allies and international organizations. In an address yesterday at the State Department, President Biden said that “we will repair our alliances and engage with the world once again, not to meet yesterday’s challenges, but today’s and tomorrow’s. American leadership must meet this new moment of advancing authoritarianism, including the growing ambitions of China to rival the United States.”
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