US may change approach to China in wake of experts exit

April 9th, 2011 - 5:35 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama Washington, Apr 9 (ANI): With three prominent diplomats involved with Obama administration’s China policy quitting their posts, the administration’s approach could change.

President Barack Obama’s top China adviser Jeffrey A. Bader is reportedly leaving the White House, while James B. Steinberg, a Deputy Secretary of State who focused heavily on China, has announced plans to take a job in academia. American ambassador to China, Jon M. Huntsman Jr., has also decided to step down at the end of April to try his luck for the Republican presidential nomination.

Washington is now expected to cultivate ties with other Asian nations to counter balance Beijing’s autocratic policies.

Bader is likely to be replaced at the National Security Council by his Deputy, Daniel R. Russel, a Japan expert.

According to The New York Times, since Obama took office, the United States has worked to shore up alliances with Japan and South Korea and to deepen ties with Indonesia, Vietnam and other neighbours who have expressed concerns about China’s regional ambitions.

Obama has met his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao, eight times, and this indicates the importance that the administration attaches to China.

National Security Advisor Thomas E. Donilon said: “We’re going to have challenges going forward. But we work from a better base, and more important, we work from a stronger base in the region.” (ANI)

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