US set to remain tough on China, here to stay in Asia

While it is an adversarial relationship, there are still areas where cooperation is in China's and the US' mutual interest. PHOTO: REUTERS
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WASHINGTON - As President Joe Biden's Cabinet gets to work, the signals on foreign policy are clear enough: the United States is here to stay in Asia and and is unlikely to have any change of heart on China - the competition that overshadows all other issues in Asia.

Mr Biden's promise in his inaugural address that the US would repair its alliances and re-engage with the world and the forceful statements on China by key members of his Cabinet during their confirmation hearings have raised questions about which aspects of Trump-era policies the new administration will roll back or retain.

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