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Biden's Asia policy

'Indo-Pacific czar' Kurt Campbell calls for spreading out US forces

Biden's new coordinator seeks to shore up Asian order

Then-U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell listens to a media question during a joint news conference after his meeting with Philippine foreign affairs and defense officials at a Manila hotel in 2012.   © Reuters

TOKYO/NEW YORK -- When Kurt Campbell served as assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs under then-President Barack Obama, the Japanese press corps in Washington would gather at Dulles International Airport every time the diplomat would depart on or return from his many trips to Asia.

Whether on North Korea's nuclear development, the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps base in Futenma, Okinawa, or a broader "pivot" to Asia in general, Campbell was the point man for Asia. The reporters all saw the 37 km drive from the White House area to Dulles as a must.

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