Just remember, Cyril, you need the US far more than it needs you

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Just remember, Cyril, you need the US far more than it needs you

For a country that has to scrounge for foreign investment, it’s time to repair relationships with the West

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Indications are that Joe Biden will win the US presidential election on November 3. If he does, President Donald Trump’s “America First” foreign policy doctrine will come to an end. The isolationist — you are either with me or against me — policies and associated bravado will be dialled down.

Biden will look to shore up the crumbling liberal international order and try to take the reins of global leadership again. In Europe he will seek to repair damaged trust with allies by reaffirming the US commitment to Nato. In the Middle East, Washington will return to the negotiation table with Iran. However, in the Indo-Pacific the trade war that has turned into a New Cold War under the Trump administration will probably continue.

In fact, under Biden the New Cold War could intensify to become a “US-led allies in Europe and Asia” against China, instead of just US vs China. Biden will continue the policy of shoring up security support to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia, and build on the momentum to reinforce security alliances with India, Vietnam and the Philippines, with the goal of providing checks and balances against the emergent China in the Indo-Pacific...

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