US strategy grapples with Russia, China and domestic challenges

WASHINGTON (HPD) — The White House on Wednesday laid out a national security strategy aimed at a rising China and a more authoritarian Russia, while stressing that domestic investment is key to helping the United States compete in the critical decade ahead. begins.

The first national security strategy of the Joe Biden administration, a document required by law, stresses the need for a foreign policy that balances the interests of global allies with those of the American middle class.

“We understand that if the United States is going to be successful abroad, we must invest in our innovation and industrial strength and build our resilience at home,” the document states. “Likewise, to advance shared prosperity nationally and protect the rights of all Americans, we must be active in shaping an international order that corresponds to our interests and values.”

In broad strokes, the strategy outlines a “watershed moment” for national security, as President Biden faces a world that is arguably more complicated than the one that existed when he took office 21 months ago amid the worst global pandemic in a century.

At the same time, the White House said policymakers should “avoid the temptation to view the world solely through the lens of competition and engage other countries on their own terms.”

Biden came to office promoting a “middle-class foreign policy” that would seek greater emphasis on China as a growing economic and military rival, revitalize alliances neglected under the Trump administration, and protect human rights, all while maintaining the interests of the United States.

Administration officials say that in Biden’s foreign policy vision, the focus on American interests remains central, but the new strategy document also reflects the long list of crises that have left the world facing shared challenges, including change. climate change, food insecurity, communicable diseases and inflation.

“We have broken the line between foreign policy and domestic policy to make far-reaching investments here at home, in our industrial and innovation base, that will increase our competitiveness and put us in a better position to respond to everything from the weather to global health, food security and energy,” said National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.

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