Biden would do the world a favor by keeping Trump’s China policy

Biden would do the world a favor by keeping Trump’s China policy

H.R. McMaster, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general, was national security advsier from February 2017 to April 2018 and is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and author of “Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World.”

Given President Trump’s behavior since the election, in particular encouraging his supporters’ assault on the U.S. Capitol, the incoming Biden administration understandably may be tempted to repudiate Trump’s policies. But a wholesale rejection would be a mistake. Elements of Trump’s policies toward China, for example, are eminently worth preserving.

Little noticed during a week when the House of Representatives voted for impeachment, the Trump administration released a partially declassified document from February 2018 entitled “U.S. Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific.” That document, and the collaborative work across the U.S. government during the year that preceded it, effected the most significant shift in U.S. foreign policy since the end of the Cold War.