Joe Biden & Asia

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

Biden seeks to show that presidential transitions do not mean 180-degree policy turns: Expert

US President Joe Biden said in his inaugural address this week that America will repair its alliances and re-engage with the world. He has also said foreign policy must make sense to American voters. Above: Shipping containers at a port in Shanghai.
US President Joe Biden said in his inaugural address this week that America will repair its alliances and re-engage with the world. He has also said foreign policy must make sense to American voters. PHOTO: REUTERS
US President Joe Biden said in his inaugural address this week that America will repair its alliances and re-engage with the world. He has also said foreign policy must make sense to American voters. Above: Shipping containers at a port in Shanghai.
People pull up in their vehicles to get Covid-19 vaccine jabs at an arena in California this week. The Biden administration has shown clear intent to get the Covid-19 pandemic under control. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
US President Joe Biden said in his inaugural address this week that America will repair its alliances and re-engage with the world. He has also said foreign policy must make sense to American voters. Above: Shipping containers at a port in Shanghai.
Shipping containers at a port in Shanghai. US Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen has said the Biden administration will use its "full array of tools to counter China's abusive economic practices and hold Beijing accountable". PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

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 does not expect 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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 23, 2021, with the headline 'US set to remain tough on China, here to stay in Asia'. Subscribe