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Biden Is Good News For Europe But China Challenges Await

Added 11-30-20 12:07:07pm EST - “Even as European Union leaders welcome more cordial U.S. relations, the trans-Atlantic partnership faces the tough test of handling China's expansion.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Biden Is Good News For Europe But China Challenges Await”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Then-Vice President Biden (right) gestures next to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg during a meeting in Munich, Germany, Feb. 7, 2015. Matthias Schrader/AP hide caption

Then-Vice President Biden (right) gestures next to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg during a meeting in Munich, Germany, Feb. 7, 2015.

President-elect Joe Biden has chosen a national security team that backs traditional U.S. alliances, which has been met with relief in much of Europe after nearly four years of hostility from President Trump.

Take Antony Blinken, Biden's nominee for secretary of state. He spent part of his childhood in Paris, speaks impeccable French, and is an avowed supporter of the trans-Atlantic relationship.

"We would, under Joe Biden, return to our seat at NATO's table, not threaten to leave NATO or treat it like a protection racket," Blinken said this month, speaking to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, an organization that supports American diplomacy. "We would engage the European Union, instead of actually encouraging countries to leave it or treating it like it's some kind of an enemy."

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