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Biden’s Approach to China Draws From Both Trump and Obama: Senior Official

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Biden’s Approach to China Draws From Both Trump and Obama: Senior Official

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President Joe Biden’s China policy looks like an amalgam of the Trump and Obama administrations: a blend of the former’s collaborative approach with the hardline stance of the latter, according to the White House’s top aide on Asia. “It’s an interesting compilation and combination—almost an amalgam—of elements from President Obama and President Trump,” Kurt Campbell, a top official responsible for Indo-Pacific affairs at the National Security Council, said at The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit. “I think there is wisdom in some of each approach, even though there’s some contradictions as well.” Biden’s cabinet took in a number of Obama-era veterans, including Campbell himself. Washington under Biden has signaled willingness to work with Beijing on issues such as climate change and North Korea, while keeping the Trump administration’s vocal stance on the Chinese regime’s human rights record, from its repression in Xinjiang and Hong Kong to military aggression against …

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