February China SIGNALs

As it takes office, the Biden administration is under pressure to produce a clear and
coherent strategy on China. A notable aspect is the proliferation of think tank reports
and proposals circulating in Washington, DC. This largely reflects a yearning for a
compelling strategy à la George Kennan’s “Long Telegram” that fleshed out the U.S.
“containment” strategy for the Cold War. The newly appointed “Indo-Pacific

Coordinator” in the White House National Security Council, Kurt Campbell co-
authored himself a piece on U.S. strategy towards China, which was published just

one week before President Biden’s inauguration. The formulation of a China strategy
by the Biden administration will have an immense impact on the evolving trajectory
of the U.S.-China rivalry. Follow this space.

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