2021/1/24  
英文 English 
Biden picks Antony Blinken for state secretary (2020/11/24)

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has announced his pick for secretary of state, and it’s his long-time policy adviser Antony Blinken. Blinken is known as a mild-mannered and pragmatic Washington veteran. For the U.S., his return could herald a shift back to traditional approaches in foreign affairs. In Taiwan, officials are cautiously optimistic on the future of relations with Washington.

Biden has announced his first wave of Cabinet picks. As expected, he’s named his loyal foreign policy adviser to lead the state department.

Blinken, 58, is the scion of a diplomat and a veteran of the state department, which he first joined as special assistant during the Clinton administration. After that, he served in the U.S. senate, as democratic staff director for its Foreign Relations Committee. The chair of that committee was then-Senator Biden. When Biden became U.S. vice president, Blinken served as his national security adviser, before being promoted to deputy secretary of state under the Obama administration. A trusted ally, Blinken has worked alongside Biden for some 20 years, and is regarded as a thoughtful and experienced “diplomat among diplomats.”

Barack Obama
Former US president
He was part of our inner circle, in all our key meetings throughout my presidency.

Antony Blinken
Biden foreign policy adviser
Right now by every key metric, China’s strategic position is stronger, and ours is weaker. So the real challenge, Kevin, is that we have to put ourselves in a position of strength.

Blinken also has a record of close interactions with Taiwan.

In 2015, Tsai visited Washington during her presidential campaign. In a first for a Taiwan presidential candidate, she met with a U.S. official in the state department – Blinken, who was then deputy secretary of state. The two spoke for an hour. At the time, Tsai was accompanied by two aides, who are now foreign minister Joseph Wu and Taiwan representative to Washington, Hsiao Bi-khim.

Last week, Hsiao shared a photo of her speaking with Blinken over the phone, a clear message of smooth communication between the Tsai administration and the Biden team. Going back a few months earlier, in May, Blinken spoke out on Taiwan’s behalf in a media interview. He said that Taiwan’s exclusion by the World Health Organization was quote, “a huge mistake.” Taiwan has had significant success in dealing with COVID, he said, saying the U.S. should do everything it can to ensure Taiwan can be “engaged in international organizations.” In August, when Taiwan lifted its ban on U.S. pork, Blinken weighed in on social media. He wrote on Twitter, “Stronger economic ties with Taiwan also support our shared democratic values, and our common commitment to regional peace and stability.” With Blinken set to become secretary of state, Taiwan-U.S. ties seem poised to grow stronger.

中文 Chinese  
拜登公佈第一波內閣名單 布林肯出任國務卿

拜登宣布內閣名單,掌管外交事務的國務卿,將由拜登長期的外交幕僚布林肯出任。2015年蔡總統競選期間訪問美國國務院,負責接待的就是當時的副國務卿布林肯,而陪同蔡總統的外交幕僚蕭美琴,如今是駐美代表,上禮拜才通電話,一旦拜登政府上任,台美間外交管道暢通。

拜登公布第一波內閣名單,國務卿一如外界預料,就是拜登最貼身的外交政策幕僚布林肯。

今年58歲的布林肯,出身外交官家庭,從柯林頓政府時期就進入國務院擔任特別助理,之後轉戰參議院,成了外交委員會民主黨幕僚主任,當時的委員會主席就是拜登。後來拜登當選副總統,布林肯擔任國安顧問,接著又升任歐巴馬政府的副國務卿。布林肯在拜登身邊20年,深受信賴,行事深思熟慮,被評為外交官中的外交官。

[[前美國總統 歐巴馬]]
“布林肯是我們核心圈的一分子,我任內所有重要會議他都參與。”

[[拜登外交顧問 布林肯]]
“現在每個關鍵指標都顯示,中國戰略變強,我們則是變弱,所以真正的挑戰是,我們必須加強自己的實力。”

其實,布林肯和台灣頗有淵源。

2015年,蔡總統競選時訪問美國,創下台灣總統參選人與美方官員在國務院內會面首例,當時接待蔡總統的,就是擔任副國務卿的布林肯,兩人會談長達一個小時。而當時陪著蔡總統和布林肯會晤的外交幕僚,一位是現任的外交部長吳釗燮,一位是駐美代表蕭美琴。

就在上禮拜,蕭美琴才和布林肯通電話,祝賀拜登勝選,凸顯蔡政府和未來的拜登政府間,外交管道暢通。甚至早在今年五月,布林肯接受媒體專訪時還為台灣抱屈,他認為"台灣遭世界衛生組織排除是件非常不幸的事,是「巨大錯誤」。台灣的成功經驗十分寶貴,希望美方竭盡所能,確保台灣能參與國際組織"。八月底蔡政府宣布放寬美豬美牛進口,布林肯也推文表達肯定,"和台灣加強經貿聯繫,有助於美台共享的民主價值,及區域和平穩定的共同承諾。布林肯確定接掌國務院,美台關係值得期待。
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