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Joe Biden should maintain an Indo-Pacific focus

Reversing Trump's regional strategy now would be confusing and wasteful

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The port of Djibouti has become a military outpost for China: limiting U.S. attention to China within Asia-Pacific is no longer sufficient.   © AP

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

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden may be poised to reverse many of President Donald Trump's policies, but one that is very likely to remain is the Indo-Pacific strategy. Biden and his advisers agree with the Trump administration that the U.S. must continue to push back against China's coercive activities by strengthening alliances and partnerships. If there are any changes to the Indo-Pacific strategy, however, they will probably be stylistic rather than substantive.

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