Biden's Asian pivot - will it work?

To defend its primacy in the region, the US should look more to using soft-power strategies. It should not be reduced to simply containing China's rise and military power.

US President Joe Biden did not skip a beat in the increasing tempo of American concern about China's rise. PHOTO: AFP

A month after assuming power, the Biden administration has signalled the most important geographical shift in US foreign policy since the 1970s.

Back in 1975, the United States retreated from Asia after its humiliating military defeat in Vietnam. The next four decades were spent trying to bring peace to the Middle East, and then, pouring trillions of dollars and thousands of lives into a largely fruitless effort to subdue violent religious and nationalist responses to their failed peace efforts.

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