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Containing China Starts With Fixing Alliances, Biden Adviser Says


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President Donald Trump’s rough treatment of historic U.S. allies has made it harder to confront China at a moment when Washington and Beijing are at odds over human rights, technology and Hong Kong, a top adviser to Democrat Joe Biden said.

“The first thing is we have to dig out from a strategic deficit that President Trump has put us in,” Antony Blinken, a former deputy secretary of state and top foreign policy adviser to Biden, said Friday in a Bloomberg TV interview. “President Trump has helped China advance its own key strategic goals” by weakening alliances, abandoning U.S. values on human rights, and debasing America’s democracy, he added.