US President Joe Biden has put Australia and other Asian allies at the centre of an aggressive foreign policy strategy that paints China as the primary threat to the world order and calls on democracies including the US to show they can still deliver for their people.
Describing Washington’s alliance with Canberra as one of America’s “greatest strategic assets”, the administration released a muscular “interim” national security statement that formally acknowledged and effectively endorsed the hawkish China shift that developed under Donald Trump.
“We cannot pretend the world can simply be restored to the way it was 75, 30, or even four years ago,” the administration said on Wednesday (Thursday AEDT).
“Democracies across the globe, including our own, are increasingly under siege.”
In his first speech as America’s top diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned the rising power of a “more assertive” China ensured it was the “only country with the economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to seriously challenge the stable and open international system”.
Calling on Democracies to strengthen themselves at home as a necessary first step to confront such a challenge, the Biden administration said it was placing additional weight on alliances, treaties and institutions at the heart of the international order.