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How will Biden’s foreign policy in Indo-Pacific shape up?

  • Irman G. Lanti

    Bandung

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Bandung   /   Fri, January 22 2021   /  01:00 am
US Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping toast during a State Luncheon for China hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry on September 25, 2015 at the Department of State in Washington, DC. (Agence France Presse/Paul J. Richards)

The United States has officially entered the post-Trump era with the swearing-in of President Joe Biden. While it is easy for Biden to undo some of Trump’s controversial populist domestic policies,  there are issues that might be difficult to reverse, and most of them lie in the foreign policy realm. This includes American foreign policy in our neck of the woods. Trump inherited the concept of Indo-Pacific from his predecessors, and took it up a notch by adopting the concept of Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) in 2019. FOIP was considered widely as a policy to contain the belligerent rise of China, seen by many as to have increased rapidly during the past decade, especially in the waters of the South China Sea. FOIP received wholehearted support from America’s allies in the region, including Japan, India, and Australia, which along with the US, formed what is know...