Biden appointees point to Asia policy pivot

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As US President-elect Joseph Biden unveils his top cabinet picks, the outgoing Donald Trump administration’s hawks are bidding to box in their successors and boost their post-Trump political careers.
In a crucial signal of his commitment to the international liberal order, Biden has announced the selection of a number of centrist-liberal stalwarts to top cabinet positions.
Most prominently, former deputy secretary of state Antony Blinken, a Barack Obama era official and outspoken defender of America’s global alliances, is set to become Biden’s secretary of state.
Blinken is a decades-old aide to President-elect Biden, stretching back to the latter’s stint on Senate Foreign Relations Committee and later the vice presidency.
Meanwhile, close aide Jake Sullivan will become National Security Advisor, while veteran diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield will serve as Biden’s ambassador to the United Nations.
The incoming administration’s top picks, however, are not necessarily doves, with many having adopted tough stances on China by emphasizing the importance of multilateral coalitions with European and Asian allies to address common threats.

Biden appointees point to Asia policy pivot

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