Three ways Biden will immediately shift US policy on Asia

Three ways Biden will immediately shift US policy on Asia

Strategy to replace brinkmanship on security; roadblocks on return to TPP

MANILA/SINGAPORE/TOKYO — U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is unlikely to undertake a full reversal of Donald Trump’s course on key issues that will affect Asia, analysts say.

But on security, trade, and climate change, Biden could take several executive actions not only to realign the U.S. with its commitments to allies and international pacts, but also to encourage cooperation with rivals like China. 

Biden sought to shore up ties with key Asian allies on Thursday, making his first calls with the leaders of Japan, South Korea and Australia.

Here are some immediate actions Biden could take during his first days in office to shift policy on three key issues:

Security

Bipartisan attitudes toward China have hardened over the past four years, one of the few pet issues for Trump where Democrats have found common ground with Republicans. Come January, the tone of Washington’s engagement with China, at least, will change.