WASHINGTON (Diya TV) – President Biden has nominated Kurt Campbell, currently serving as the Coordinator for Indo-Pacific Affairs on the National Security Council, for the position of Deputy Secretary of State. Campbell, a seasoned Asia expert, has played a pivotal role in shaping the administration’s Asia strategy.
Campbell, 66, has an extensive background, having served as the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2009 to 2013. He is also the founding Chairman and CEO of The Asia Group, LLC, a strategic advisory and capital management group. His nomination comes at a crucial time as global attention is divided between conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East, with the administration emphasizing the significance of countering China’s influence.
The announcement of Campbell’s nomination has garnered positive reactions, particularly among Washington’s Asian allies. Concerns had arisen regarding potential distractions from the administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy amid conflicts in the Middle East. However, former U.S. officials express confidence that Campbell’s appointment as the Deputy Secretary of State will reassure allies of the administration’s commitment to advancing its Indo-Pacific strategy.
Campbell, known for his deep engagement with Asian affairs, has been a key player in initiatives aimed at building a democratic counterweight to an increasingly authoritarian China. These initiatives, including partnerships with India, Japan, Australia, and a landmark deal with Britain for nuclear-powered submarines, have drawn attention and some concern from Beijing.
The Indo-Pacific coordinator has also played a crucial role in fostering partnerships, such as the historic summit at Camp David involving the United States, South Korea, and Japan. This summit aims to work towards stability in the region, overcoming decades of bitterness between Tokyo and Seoul.
One of the significant challenges in the region is the relationship with Taiwan. Campbell has actively worked to strengthen U.S.-Taiwan security and political ties, emphasizing the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
As Campbell moves from the White House to the State Department, some speculate on the potential impact on the Biden administration’s focus on Asia. However, colleagues note that Campbell’s extensive experience and close relationship with Secretary of State Antony Blinken will likely bring energy and dynamism to the State Department’s Indo-Pacific affairs.
Campbell’s nomination will undergo Senate confirmation, providing an opportunity for discussions on the administration’s approach to China. Despite potential challenges in the confirmation process, Campbell has received support from Senator Todd C. Young, who emphasizes Campbell’s thoughtfulness, Hill-savviness, and patriotism.
The announcement of Campbell’s nomination coincides with the administration’s efforts to address ongoing conflicts, including support for Ukraine and Israel.