Biden's 'lattice' Asia policy not meshing

The US is focusing on friends and allies – in other words, those who align with it on China. But it’s vital that established institutions – Asean, EAS and Apec – don’t become the spaces in between.

Few would doubt that US President Joe Biden’s administration can work well with its close allies and partners; the question is whether it can work well with everyone else. PHOTO: AFP
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In the words of US President Joe Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan, in its foreign policy the United States is building a "latticework" of alliances and partnerships - a more flexible and ad hoc approach to international architecture.

This focus on working with friends and allies signals a rejection of former president Donald Trump's unilateralist and confrontational approach, and a will to build flexible coalitions of like-minded countries to support the priorities of the US, especially when it comes to dealing with China.

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