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Team Biden says America is back. But is Asia ready to welcome it?

As U.S. looks to repair old alliances, democracy faces a crisis of credibility

ALEX FANG, MARRIAN ZHOU and FRANCESCA REGALADO, Nikkei staff writers | North America

NEW YORK/TOKYO -- "America is back," Joe Biden said on Nov. 24 as he introduced his foreign policy team at a press conference in Delaware: "Ready to lead the world, not retreat from it."

Arrayed behind him, standing a sensible, socially distanced 2 meters apart, were the cream of the crop of a generation of foreign policy professionals. To the left, Antony Blinken, incoming secretary of state, a longtime adviser whose history with Biden dates back to his chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Further along, Jake Sullivan, national security adviser and formerly Biden's top security aide, and four others.

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