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Biden's Top China Adviser Out After Spy Balloon Debacle: Report

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Laura Rosenberger, President Joe Biden’s top adviser on matters related to China and Taiwan, will step down in March, Bloomberg reported Wednesday, citing White House officials.

Rosenberger serves as a special assistant to the president and senior director on the National Security Council and has guided the president amid Washington’s increasing tensions with Beijing.

She will see out her term as the administration grapples with the fallout from the shootdown of a Chinese spy balloon in America’s coastal waters on Feb. 4.

Rosenberger’s plans to step down preceded the balloon invading U.S. airspace and sparking bipartisan concern in Congress about the security implications of the spy balloon incursion, officials told Bloomberg.

“Under President Biden, we are more prepared to outcompete China and advance a free and open Indo-Pacific than ever before,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told Bloomberg.

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“Since the first day of the administration, Laura’s skilled diplomacy and tenacity have been essential to this administration priority, and we are immensely grateful for her service,” Sullivan said.

Rosenberger worked to fortify the United States’ unofficial ties with the independently ruled island of Taiwan, White House officials told Bloomberg.

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The State Department’s Sarah Beran, who formerly served as director for the agency’s Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs, will replace Rosenberger, Bloomberg reported.

Rush Doshi, the NSC’s China director, will serve as deputy.

The White House confirmed on Feb. 8 that Eric Green, the NSC’s senior director for Russia and Central Asia, will also step down, Bloomberg reported.

The National Security Council did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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