Politico said that the administration of US President Joe Biden is seeking to shift its priorities from the Middle East to Asia, noting that the new administration is not expected to announce this transformation explicitly.
The American website stated that this is an indication that the Biden administration will give priority to Asia in its moves related to foreign affairs, and pointed out that the administration seeks to strengthen alliances in Europe and Asia, because it believes that the major security challenges come from Russia and China.
And he indicated that these changes fundamentally upset the structure of the National Security Council under former President Barack Obama, as the Middle East administration was much larger than it is now, and the Asia file was managed by a group of junior employees.
On the other hand, Biden and his team now believe that the biggest security challenges will emerge from the so-called great-power competition between the United States, China and Russia, according to current and former officials’ view of national security, which made them (Biden and his team) shift their resources accordingly.
On Monday, White House spokeswoman Gene Saki said, “What we’ve seen in the past few years is that China is increasingly authoritarian at home and assertive abroad. Beijing is now challenging our security, prosperity, and values in important ways that require a new American approach.”
For its part, Reuters quoted the Philippine Secretary of Defense as saying that his country may benefit from the renewed interest of the US administration in Asia, and the balance of Chinese influence in the region.