Biden Looks Better Than Trump for Asia, Likely to Keep Hard Line on China

By Kyodo News 28 October 2020

TOKYO—Joe Biden appears to be a better choice for Japan and other countries in Asia than President Donald Trump in the US presidential election next week, some analysts say, citing the Democratic challenger’s predictability in policy conduct and emphasis on alliances in keeping an increasingly assertive China in check.

No matter who wins the Nov. 3 poll, however, Washington’s tough stance toward Beijing is likely to continue. If elected president, Biden would not reprise—at least initially—what critics say was a soft approach that primarily focused on engagement with China under Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama, whom Biden served as vice president.

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