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Biden should consider downsides of stressing national values in Indo-Pacific

Criticism could weaken strategic relationships to compete against China

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Joe Biden participates in the Quad leaders meeting via video link in Washington on Mar. 12: rifts in shared values would strike at the core of the security partnership's spirit.   © Reuters

Derek Grossman is a senior defense analyst at the nonprofit, nonpartisan Rand Corp. He formerly served as an intelligence adviser at the Pentagon.

In order to compete more successfully with China, the Biden administration has argued that the United States must strengthen its Indo-Pacific alliances and partnerships. What the new administration has not answered is a critical question on the minds of many: Will Washington prioritize national interests or national values?

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