Back in 2008, when Joe Biden was on the campaign trail running for vice president, the Democratic senator from Delaware once told fundraisers that the world will “test the mettle” of Barack Obama.
Now that Biden has been inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States, it’s his turn to be tested.
Biden faces a host of daunting foreign policy challenges, from repairing fractured alliances to recommitting to global responsibilities.
Chief among the many conundrums is the growing China challenge. As the world’s second largest economy continues to challenge American power on the global stage, Biden inherits a massive trust deficit from Trump, and a U.S.-China relationship that has deteriorated because of an increasingly assertive China, but also by an ill-defined and inconsistently executed China policy.