onsdag 25. november 2020

Biden’s pick for foreign policy head affirms a push to get allies on board with U.S. policy on China

As names emerge for President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet, the new U.S. administration looks intent on working with allies to negotiate with Beijing.

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.