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Economic security at home to be at heart of global engagement, Blinken says

The Biden administration has made several quick pivots, including rejoining the Paris climate agreement, opening the door to renewed nuclear talks with Iran and ending restrictions on travel from several majority-Muslim nations. Foto: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON - The Biden administration pledged Wednesday to place American economic security at the center of its decisions about international engagement, trade and the U.S. response to an increasingly assertive China.

That gentler version of President Donald Trump's "America First" protectionism is part of a strategy to marry U.S. foreign policy with domestic imperatives, starting with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic downturn it caused. The new administration summarized its national security priorities in a new White House report and a speech delivered by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, which acknowledged that free-trade policies of the past had harmed some American workers...

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