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 ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonPoll: Majority of GOP voters wish they chose another presidential nominee Trump campaign CEO met with ex-Carter adviser Trump surrogate apologizes for tweeting cartoon of Clinton in blackface MORE 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.