Former President Donald Trump has been praised by General Jack Keane for revitalising an informal alliance between the US, Japan, Australia and India. He criticised Joe Biden for stepping away from it. Speaking to Fox News, General Keane said: “One of the things that President Trump was able to do, and he’s not going to get any credit for it, make sure they’re allies and make sure the US had their back.
“What he did is he revitalised the quad which is an informal alliance of Japan, Australia, India and the US; Three of the four largest economies in the world.
“These are like-minded democracies who have one thing in common, the threat of China.
“This was started by President Bush in 2007, it fell dormant during the Obama/Biden administration – revitalised by President Trump.
“He put some teeth into this so much so military exercises are being conducted together now on a routine basis.
READ MORE: EU’s vaccine war against UK will quickly backfire on Brussels
“That’s a very good thing and all being done in the region under the observation of the Chinese Communist Party and their military.
“Uniting together economically to push back on China which is a powerful thing given the representation of these countries.
It comes as Joe Biden “will be good for the relationship” between China and the United States, even though both sides might have “started a little on frosty side”, former US Secretary of Defence William Cohen told a Beijing forum.
Speaking via video link to the China Development Forum, Mr Cohen, who has known Biden since 1972, said US engagement with China will be more professional, diplomatic and civil under Biden, as compared to the name-calling during Trump era.
He said: “That’s a good thing because this means they’re working behind the scenes to make certain when the summit occurs, there will be something productive occurring at that summit.”
While much of Biden’s China policy is still being formulated, including how to handle the tariffs on Chinese goods implemented by his predecessor Donald Trump, his administration has so far placed a stronger emphasis on democratic values and allegations of human rights abuses by China.
“I am very proud of the secretary of state,” Biden told reporters at the White House on Friday morning when asked about Thursday’s meeting.
Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping held their first phone call as leaders last month and appeared at odds on most issues, even as Xi said that confrontation would be a “disaster” for both nations. Biden, who referred to Xi as a “thug” during his election campaign, said after the call that the United States needed to raise its game in the face of the Chinese challenge, or China would “eat our lunch.”
In recent weeks, top Republicans have given a nod to efforts by Biden, a Democrat, to revitalize relations with US allies in order to confront China, a shift from Trump’s go-it-alone ‘America First’ strategy.