The State Department on Friday announced a new office to coordinate China policy, known as “China House,” in the Biden administration’s latest effort to focus on Beijing.
In a press release, the State Department said the new office is meant to help the US government “responsibly manage” competition with China and advance the US vision “for an open, inclusive international system.”
The State Department’s language reflects the Biden administration’s view that tensions will China will not ease and that the relationship moving forward is about “managing” those tensions rather than working to resolve major issues.
The Department said in the release that China House was part of Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s “modernization policy” to meet the “challenges” of the decades ahead. It reaffirmed that China is the administration’s top foreign policy priority by labeling Beijing the “most complex and consequential geopolitical challenge we face.”
The Department said that China House will bring together “a group of China experts from throughout the Department and beyond it to work shoulder to shoulder” on issues related to Beijing.
Other federal agencies have also opened new offices to focus on Beijing, including the CIA, which opened a China center last year. At the very beginning of the Biden administration, the National Security Council restructured to shift its focus away from conflicts in the Middle East toward countering China in the Asia Pacific.