“‘They are restraining themselves from the normal syndrome of a new administration running into problem-solving with China,’ said Danny Russel, who was assistant secretary of state for Asia during the Obama administration and is now vice president of the Asia Society Policy Institute.

“Russel said Biden is ‘sending out messages that have the effect of showing he’s not soft on China, that he’s not a patsy for China, that he isn’t so desperate for a breakthrough on climate change that he’s going to trade away our national security interests…'”

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