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“Can Biden rescue the Asia pivot?”


POLITICO

By Josh Gerstein

President Barack Obama’s much-touted pivot to Asia — a foreign policy drive which has languished recently amidst a lack of high-level direction — could be reinvigorated by Vice President Joe Biden, analysts said.

Biden is on a swing through Asia this week amid heightened tensions following China’s announcement last week of a new air defense zone over long-disputed waters between that country and Japan.

The pivot to Asia was a central foreign policy theme of Obama’s first term, underscoring a need many policymakers saw for the United States to shift its diplomatic, security and economic attentions from the traditional focus on Europe and the Middle East to the rising powers in the Pacific — most notably, China. [EXCERPT]

(Also on POLITICO: Biden arrives in Tokyo)

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/joe-biden-asia-pivot-100620.html#ixzz2mUxhEHEp

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