Barack Obama-Era Veteran Kurt Campbell to Lead Joe Biden Asia Policy

Kurt Campbell has served as the top US diplomat for Asia under Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Washington:

US President-Elect Joe Biden has chosen Kurt Campbell, a senior Obama administration official for Asia policy, including ties with China, said Biden’s transition spokesman on Wednesday.

Campbell, who served as the top US diplomat for Asia under President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is considered an architect of his “Pivot to Asia” strategy, which seeks to rebalance resources in the region For a limited but frightening.

“I can confirm that Kurt will be the coordinator for Indo-Pacific at NSC,” the White House quoted the National Security Council as saying.

63-year-old Campbell has run the Asia Group Business Strategy Consultancy and advised Biden’s campaign. He is the co-founder of the Center for a New American Security Think Tank.

Campbell outlined his approach to Asia in a 2016 book titled “The Pivot”, which advocated strengthening existing alliances with Japan and South Korea and forging closer ties with states such as India and Indonesia.

He has since endorsed some stricter attitudes toward China adopted by the Trump administration and has also praised the outgoing President Donald Trump’s unprecedented dealings with North Korea.

He has also backed down from his previous support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that Washington negotiated under Obama and which Trump backed out.

Perhaps Campbell’s biggest challenge will be to find ways to regain Trump’s sinister relationship with Beijing to an extent that sustains efforts to change China’s behavior to cooperate on issues such as climate change and North Korea Allows for cooperation.

Last month, Campbell said that Washington had a “big game ticket” US military presence in Asia and the ability to face challenges to the current “operating system” – to establish itself as the dominant regional power in China Reference to dialect of.

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He said that the United States should demonstrate an ally for “an optimistic, open trading system”, working with allies and denying China’s access to areas where artificial intelligence, robotics or 5G As such it was necessary to maintain state of the art things.

Given the domestic mood of the US, the start of the Biden administration cannot be warned of resuming multi-lateral trade agreements, he said, adding that a new China-backed Asia-Pacific trade deal and TPP would have Beijing’s Interest “should be a” real awakening for the United States “.

Also last month, Campbell said the incoming administration would have to quickly decide its approach to North Korea and not repeat the delay of the Obama era, which led to “provocative” moves by Pyongyang, which originally led to engagement There was no possibility of “

Campbell praised Trump’s unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, even though no progress was given to him for dropping nuclear weapons and missiles.

“I think some boldness is appropriate in US foreign policy, especially in Asia,” said Campbell, who has spoken of maintaining strong support for Taiwan, something Trump and his secretary Mike Pompeo promoted. Beijing sees the island as a renegade province.

Campbell said Republicans and Democrats need to work together on China, saying in a speech in October that Washington faces a “period of deep strategic competition” with Beijing and dispelling the notion America must have been “in decline”.

“We have to convince other countries that we have our own house,” he said. Without the two parties working together in China and Asia, he said “we will, in all probability, fail.”

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