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Biden's Indo-Pacific strategy

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By Cho Byung-jae

On Jan. 20, Joseph Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States of America. However, thinking of the enormous tasks ahead, it is difficult for me to simply congratulate the new administration on taking office.

Top priorities of the new administration will be controlling COVID-19, which is taking away thousands of lives every day, and normalizing the economy. Along with that is the task of alleviating the divisions in American society and healing the wounds of last November's election. While Biden won a historic number of 81 million votes, 74 million others who chanted "make America great again" chose Trump. Moreover, midterm elections are approaching in just two years.

Although domestic affairs demand the immediate attention of the new administration, issues of foreign policy cannot be left waiting for too long. The U.S. and the world have undergone much change over the past several years. Also, the liberal international order of the past 70 years is no longer taken for granted. The U.S., formerly set on serving the public good, is now perceived to be a country that prioritizes its own interests. Biden has pledged to change this perception as the world watches what next steps the U.S. will take.

The world abounds with challenges, but it is Asia that will determine the........

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