EP #41 Forecasting Joe Biden's Foreign Policy Towards Asia and China
In this episode, I talked to three young foreign policy enthusiasts who have been working on the field for some years, Frederik Wrist, an active foreign policy writer and postgraduate student on International Relations at the University of Birmingham, Esther Tamara, associate researcher at Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia, she is also a graduate of International Relations, Political Science, and Economics from University of Massachusetts, Boston and Ignatius Randy, a young Indonesian diplomat posted at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
We explored the future relationship between Beijing and Washington, particularly after seeing the positive tone given by Premier Xi Jinping to uphold the spirit of non-conflict and non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, in which will focus on cooperation, control differences and promote healthy and stable development of Chinese-U.S. relations.
Biden has an extensive knowledge and experience on Asia from his previous positions, his team in the White House also have a strong background that believed by many analysts give the hopes to a better relationship with Asia. What are the challenges for Biden and his team in engaging Asia especially with Trump legacies on the ground? Should Biden keep the U.S. tough on China? What are the best strategic ways for Biden to regain trust towards the United States particularly from Southeast Asian countries?