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The Biden administration has released its highly-anticipated Indo-Pacific Strategy – coinciding with Secretary of State Blinken’s tour around the Indo-Pacific. As former United States Studies Centre Non-Resident Senior Fellow Dr Charles Edel predicted in his preview of the strategy, the Biden administration’s approach shares the same emphasis on a “free and open Indo-Pacific” as the Trump administration’s strategy, but, unlike the Trump approach, does so by “speaking softly and carrying a bigger multilateral stick.”