February 16, 2021

Biden Builds Out China Team With Staff Who Reflect Tougher Tone

Featuring Richard Fontaine

Source: Bloomberg

Journalists Nick Wadhams, Jenny Leonard

President Joe Biden is filling out his China policy team with staff whose past writing and speeches align with the tough tone toward Beijing that emerged under his predecessor Donald Trump, adding to evidence that the new administration won’t revert to an earlier era of conciliation.

Among the new hires is Melanie Hart, a former Center for American Progress senior fellow, who will help oversee a review of Trump administration policies including its “Clean Network” initiative, which pressed countries to bar Huawei Technologies Co. from their fifth-generation telecommunications networks. In October, she co-wrote a report that highlighted the state subsidies fueling Huawei’s rise and advocated countervailing support to vendors from the U.S. and allied nations.

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Authors

  • Richard Fontaine

    Chief Executive Officer

    Richard Fontaine is the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He served as President of CNAS from 2012-19 and as Senior Advisor and Senior ...