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The first item in Joe Biden’s in tray? Dealing with China

Some American problems are more fundamental than the identity of the commander-in-chief

By Ngaire Woods   December 2020

Beyond the political turmoil at home, the US must refocus its attention abroad—especially if it wants to contend with China’s growing confidence on the international stage. Photo: Charles Dharapak/AP/Shutterstock

The world is full of foreign policy problems, conflicts and traps for a US president starting a term in 2021. In office, Donald Trump has tended to do his own thing, eschewing the expertise of America’s intelligence agencies and foreign policy professionals; too often his personal diplomatic overtures have at least seemed linked to his family’s commercial interests.…

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