On Monday, Biden announced he intends to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of State. If confirmed by the Senate, the appointment puts Blinken — educated in France and deputy State secretary under President Barack Obama — on the front lines of Biden’s China policy. “What Blinken has done throughout his career (is he) has built relationships with U.S. allies,” Isaac Stone Fish, a senior fellow at the Asia Society, said in a phone interview. “One of the things that this picking signifies is that Biden will almost certainly make good his promise to re-engage U.S. allies.”
By working with other countries, many analysts expect the U.S. can build more leverage in negotiations with China.