Robert Zoellick says human rights, European relations to play key roles in Biden foreign policy

Robert Zoellick says human rights, European relations to play key roles in Biden foreign policy
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Former World Bank President Robert Zoellick said this week he expects President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to provide update Monday on US response to omicron variant Restless progressives eye 2024 Emhoff lights first candle in National Menorah-lighting ceremony MORE and his administration will focus on human rights and "small R republicanism" with its foreign policy.

“I think you’ll see this in the Biden administration. This will be a big part of the relationship with Europe, sort of recognizing the common role of democracies given the rise of China,” Zoellick told The Hill's Steve Clemons on Thursday evening while discussing his new book, “America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy.”

The Washington-Beijing relationship, which has been strained during the Trump administration, particularly over the past year with the spread of the pandemic, will be a closely watched area of foreign policy during the first 100 days of Biden's presidency. On the trade front, Biden said last week he will not remove President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE's tariffs on Chinese goods immediately upon taking office.

Zoellick, who also served as deputy secretary of State and U.S. trade representative during the George W. Bush administration, said he hopes his book will serve as a guide for decision making when it comes to foreign policy.

“I think accepting imperfect results in a far-from-perfect world is still a respectful result,” Zoellick said at The Hill’s special event sponsored by the Embassy of France.