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2021/01/23

Discomfort with media coverage of the new U.S. Biden administration

Biden, a Democrat, has been inaugurated as the new president of the United States, and the headlines in Japanese newspapers are full of articles welcoming him, such as "From America First to International Cooperation. It may be a congratulatory article, but it is a strange expression considering the fact that the U.S. has always been "America First" in the postwar era.
If a government was inconvenient to the U.S., whether it was in South America, the Middle East, or Asia, the U.S. would sometimes go to war and sometimes overthrow the government through intrigue. This was allowed to happen because the U.S. was recognized as an exceptional and special country in the world. The U.S. had an overwhelming advantage in all aspects, including economics, politics, and military affairs, and there was no country that could stand in its way. America's "international cooperation" was based on the premise that it was led by the United States.
However, with the rise of China and other factors, the relative position of the U.S. has declined and it is no longer in a position of overwhelming superiority.
The Trump administration has honestly acknowledged this fact and has struggled to keep its head above water. The fact that he has called for "America First" is the flip side of the coin.
Trump's only achievement is to show the world that the US has become a normal country just like any other.
While we were still in the midst of the presidential election, a Middle Eastern journalist told me in an interview that the U.S. policy in the Middle East would not change no matter who was in charge.
The same is true for Japan, whose policy toward Japan of using Japan as a base to contain China will remain unchanged even if the administration is replaced.
We should know that once the honeymoon is over, a harsh reality awaits us.

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