With Biden, Washington returns to normalcy: But ‘strategic patience’ with China?

With Biden, Washington returns to normalcy: But ‘strategic patience’ with China?

A week has passed since U.S. President Joe Biden was sworn in, and Washington is gradually returning to normalcy. One example is the daily press briefings resumed by Press Secretary Jen Psaki at the White House. Full transcripts of these briefings used to be required reading.

In her first press briefing on Inauguration Day, Psaki referred to “the importance of bringing truth and transparency back to the briefing room.” She also underscored the importance of “communicating about the policies across the Biden-Harris administration and the work his team is doing every single day on behalf of all American people.”

This pledge was welcome news. The former president’s early morning tweets were driving Tokyo crazy on a daily basis. Now that Donald Trump is banned from major social media, people here, from bureaucrats to journalists and businesspeople alike, are returning to their regular lives.

It is great to have something dependable and trustworthy to read like these daily briefings. On Jan. 20, Psaki explained Biden’s new executive orders for a 100 Day Masking Challenge and a return to the World Health Organization and the Paris climate agreement. On Jan. 21, Psaki invited Anthony Fauci to deliver a brief on COVID-19. She brought National Economic Council director Brian Deese with her on the following day. On Jan. 26, Psaki asked domestic policy adviser Susan Rice, former national security adviser to President Obama, to talk about racial justice and equity.