Biden builds a tough team with China

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Although President Joe Biden appointed to key departments a series of veteran advisers from the Barack Obama administration, these personnel reflect the current deep bipartisan consensus on tough policy.

Sarah Kreps, professor of government and law at Cornell University, said the new administration team has shown they will chart a different path than Obama in policy with China.

`The administration is signaling that even though staffing is the same as a decade ago, the policies will not be the same,` she said.

President Joe Biden in Washington, DC on February 22.

Biden builds a tough team with China

Biden last week announced the launch of a China task force within the Department of Defense to review America’s strategy toward China, which he said requires `a whole-of-government effort, bipartisan cooperation on

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said he will focus on ensuring a competitive advantage over China and repelling Beijing’s efforts to become the dominant world power.

Ely Ratner, a China expert who served as deputy national security adviser under Obama, was tapped to lead the China task force as a special assistant to Austin.

`A new and different era of competition between the US and China is gradually opening up,` the commentary said.

At the Pentagon, there are a series of other personnel who are expected to be tough on Beijing.

At the State Department, Secretary of State Blinken endorsed former US president Donald Trump’s tougher approach towards Beijing, but advocated a policy of focusing more on allies and working within multilateral frameworks

Other notables include Mira Rapp-Hooper, who has written about how Washington can regain economic and military dominance against China and Russia and is now a senior adviser on China in

Melanie Hart was selected by Biden as China policy coordinator for the Under Secretary for economic growth, energy and environment.

`The US has paid almost no attention to the market-distorting industrial policies that Beijing used to turn Huawei into a leading global company. This must change,` the report said.

In the field of security, the National Security Council (NSC) also has many experts on China, who have repeatedly supported Washington in increasing its challenge to Beijing.

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan at the White House on February 4.

Jake Sullivan, Biden’s National Security Advisor, called on allies to `join with one voice` against China, strengthen ties with European and Asian partners, and call on the US government

Also at the NSC is China director Julian Gerwitz, a historian of modern China who has written about the country’s economic reforms.

In the economic field, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the US is ready to `use a range of tools` against China’s `abusive` practices.

Katherine Tai, Obama’s chief adviser on China trade enforcement, will be Biden’s top trade negotiator – an important role amid the ongoing trade war between the two powers.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield testified before the Senate in Washington, DC last month.

Meanwhile, on the international stage, US ambassador nominee to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield has pledged to oppose China’s agenda at the United Nations.

Prescott told Reuters in October 2020 that the US needed to consult immediately to `identify areas where we can have collective leverage over China`.

`The Trump administration’s mistake was going it alone. That gave China a way out,` he said.

Phuong Vu (According to SCMP)

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