Date: November 18, 2020
By: Michael Mazza, Visiting Fellow
The new Biden administration will have its hands full from day one. Even as it focuses its energy on finally getting a handle on the COVID-19 pandemic, the administration will have to recalibrate its China policy, making numerous decisions about which aspects of the Trump administration’s approach to keep and which to jettison. Beyond China, it will have to meaningfully strengthen alliances and security partnerships worldwide, make a decision about how best to rein in Iran’s nuclear program going forward, and work quickly to preserve (or not) the New START arms control agreement with Russia. Taiwan policy, on the other hand, should not require significant deliberation in the early going.
The US-Taiwan relationship is arguably on firmer footing than it was four years ago, with more robust security, economic, and diplomatic ties. Importantly, the Trump administration achieved that firmer footing not by embracing a disruptive approach, but rather by operating in a fashion consistent with precedent and with the “One-China Policy.” Although the Biden administration is bound to make adjustments, “stay the course” should be the order of the day. [FULL STORY]