Jan 14, 2021

Biden’s India approach and the Asia Challenge

  • Nicholas Platt Former US Ambassador to Pakistan and The Philippines; Former President, Asia Society in New York City

    Nicholas Platt
    Former US Ambassador to Pakistan and The Philippines; Former President, Asia Society in New York City

  • Frank G. Wisner Former US Ambassador to India, Egypt, and The Philippines.

    Frank G. Wisner
    Former US Ambassador to India, Egypt, and The Philippines.

  • Rajiv Sikri Former Indian Ambassador to Kazakhstan; Author of 'Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India’s foreign policy

    Rajiv Sikri
    Former Indian Ambassador to Kazakhstan; Author of 'Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India’s foreign policy

To predict the contours of Biden’s Asia policy with a specific focus on India and China

Context

As the US and the world get ready for a Biden presidency, the new president has his task cut out in charting US policy in Asia. Apart from his position on China, India and other Asian powers will closely observe the new president's approach to the region. There is a need for the US to rebuild trust and Asian powers will need clarity on the road ahead.

Frank G. Wisner has followed the region closely as US Ambassador to India and Nicholas Platt is an authority on US policy in Asia. Rajiv Sikri was Secretary (East) in India’s Ministry of External Affairs and also served as Ambassador to Iran and Israel.

Focus areas of discussion

  • How can the US re-establish trust and prominence in Asia? • What are the key concerns and indicators for India?
  • What are the key concerns in the South China Sea?
  • What reassurances do small but significant Asian allies need from the US?
  • Will domestic pressures limit the new president’s foreign policy?

Experts

Nicholas Platt
Nicholas Platt
Former US Ambassador to Pakistan and The Philippines; Former President, Asia Society in New York City

Frank G. Wisner
Frank G. Wisner
Former US Ambassador to India, Egypt, and The Philippines.

Rajiv Sikri
Rajiv Sikri
Former Indian Ambassador to Kazakhstan; Author of 'Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India’s foreign policy