By John T. Bennett - 01/02/12 07:27 PM EST
Vice President Joseph Biden has been handed the leading role in managing the Obama administration’s policy-making toward China, according to a report.
Biden got the China portfolio over two of President Obama’s senior-most Cabinet members, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, The Atlantic reported on Monday.
“The view of some of the administration's China-handlers is that management of US-China policy has become so central to a vast array of other policy challenges that the administration's approach needs to be both broad and managed with ‘a deep and senior bench,’” according to the report.
China is seen as America’s top economic and military rival, and how to shape policy on the Asian giant is expected to be an important issue in the presidential election cycle.