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Biden Picks Asia Hand Kurt Campbell as Deputy Secretary of State

File image of Kurt Campbell, the new U.S. Deputy Secretary of State. Image: Kim Hong-Ji / AFP

President Biden has nominated top Asia strategist Kurt Campbell as Deputy Secretary of State. The choice of Campbell as Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s second-in-command signals continued attention to China despite the U.S.’s growing focus on conflicts in Europe and the Middle East.  

The selection comes two weeks before Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to meet at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in San Francisco.

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