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Biden's Asia policy

Biden's China hands: Trusted allies tapped as Quad envoys

Ambassadors to Japan, Australia and India entrusted to enhance Indo-Pacific alliance

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, shakes hands with then-Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel during a roundtable discussion in 2014. Emanuel also has served as President Barack Obama's chief of staff.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- From a cantankerous Obama chief of staff to a Kennedy, U.S. President Joe Biden has named some of his closest allies as ambassadors to Japan, Australia and India -- key security partners collectively known as the Quad -- as he looks to bolster cooperation in the Indo-Pacific to counter China's military and economic rises.

U.S. ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel, who arrived in Tokyo at the end of January, boasts deep ties to the top echelon of the government and the Democratic Party.

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