Biden Diplomacy: A Value-Based Alliance

Biden’s diplomatic mantra of “America is back” is targeted at two key “anti-traditional” aspects of Trump’s diplomacy. The first aims to reintroduce “values” into US diplomacy, while the second is to reintroduce the US alliance structure. In terms of “values,” American diplomacy has always been propelled by the two wheels of “American national interest” and “American values.” Trump, on the other hand, is a one-of-a-kind “president without values” in American history. His stance and strategy in dealing with the death of a Saudi journalist is a classic example of putting solely the national interest first. In terms of the alliance system, Trump’s new isolationist foreign policy stance has had a significant influence on the US global alliance system.

Biden has been in office for over a year. In terms of foreign policy, he must not only demonstrate that he is more powerful than Trump in China and Russia policy, but also demonstrate that he is more logical and adheres to “rules” than Trump. As a result, he constructs values based on values. Its foundation has become the foreign policy framework on which the Biden administration has labored tirelessly over the last six months.

The “value foundation” stressed by the Biden administration is a wide value foundation that encompasses three fundamental areas: political security, economics, trade, science and technology, and ideological foreign policy. First, the Biden administration is attempting to build a “collective security value” in the realm of political security. As a result, NATO warships from the Western Hemisphere began to emerge in the East and South China Seas, and numerous “collective security member nations” with no connection to the Taiwan Strait began to join the anti-China clamor.

Second, in the fields of economy, commerce, technology, and the Biden administration Efforts to build an alliance based on “free market economic values” have resulted in trends such as excluding China’s “supply chain” and the Atlantic “science and technology trade alliance” against China; third, in the field of ideology, the Biden administration is actively planning to convene a “Global Democracy Summit” before the end of the year for the Global Axis.

Forging a broad coalition in the three fundamental areas listed above is important not just for restoring the Unified States’ global leadership, but also for weaving the broadest anti-China united front feasible in its dealings with China. This type of system has a tendency to “combine to subjugate China.”

It places Sino-American ties in the face of unprecedented harsh and complicated problems. China’s primary goal is to learn how to harness the rich traditions and strategic knowledge of New China diplomacy to avoid attacking from all sides, to leverage contrasts, to seek common ground while reserving differences, and to engaged in a long-term “integration, vertical and horizontal” game.

Raihan Ronodipuro
Raihan Ronodipuro
Raihan Ronodipuro holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the prestigious School of Public Policy & Management at Tsinghua University, China. His academic journey was propelled by the esteemed Chinese MOFCOM Scholarship, leading him to successfully attain a Master of Law in International Relations from the School of International and Public Affairs at Jilin University, China. With a rich background, Raihan has also contributed as an Associate Researcher in the Department of Politics and Security at the Center for Indonesia-China Studies (CICS). Currently, he plays a pivotal role as a member of the International Relations Commission within the Directorate of Research and Studies for the Overseas Indonesian Students' Association Alliance (OISAA) for the term 2022/2023.