Global Affairs

America's awkward allies

Biden’s efforts to rebuild alliances face a hitch as key partners in Asia and Europe are locked in bitter disputes with each other

US President Joe Biden at a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on March 5. The President's quest to repair relations with America’s allies is complicated by the fact that many of its allies are locked in regional disputes with each other.
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United States President Joe Biden has always known that, in the wake of the damage inflicted by former president Donald Trump, the current administration's priority would be to repair relations with America's allies, rather than confront its enemies.

And that's precisely what Mr Biden has done. Almost all the foreign public announcements issued from Washington are designed to reassure friends in Europe, Asia or Latin America.

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