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Biden will focus on solutions over bluster with China: Daniel Russel

Former diplomat says new administration will not be repeat of Obama years

Daniel Russel talks to reporters in South Korea as U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs in 2015.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- As a senior foreign policy official in the Obama administration, Daniel Russel attended every meeting that then-Vice President Joe Biden had with Chinese President Xi Jinping and former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Russel, now vice president for international security and diplomacy at the New York-based Asia Society Policy Institute, had a front-seat view on how the president-elect works. He describes Biden as a "doer," more interested in progress than fiery rhetoric.

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