Biden’s Asia policy will be controversial – and that’s a good thing
- On economic interdependence, China, Taiwan and North Korea, there is no way to avoid controversy while serving US interests
- But the inability to please everyone also frees Biden from the straitjacket of historical expectations
Van Jackson is an American professor of international relations at Victoria University of Wellington and a distinguished fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. From 2009 to 2014, he served as a strategist and policy adviser in the Office of the US Secretary of Defence.