Laura Rosenberger, a key adviser to President Joe Biden on China and Taiwan, is set to leave soon. A White House official clarified that this departure was part of a long-planned transition and had nothing to do with the recent incident involving China's high-altitude balloon. The official also said that Sarah Beran, currently serving in the State Department, will take over for Rosenberger. Currently, the senior director for China and Taiwan at the National Security Council, Rush Doshi, will serve as her deputy.
Rosenberger's Departure Was Planned Before Recent Events
According to the White House official, Rosenberger's planned departure predates the recent Feb. 4 shootdown of a Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon. They also clarified that her leaving had nothing to do with the increased tensions between the US and China over the incident. Despite this, the White House reiterated its commitment to outcompete China and advance a free and open Indo-Pacific.
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan expressed his gratitude for Rosenberger's service, saying her "skilled diplomacy and tenacity have been essential to this administration priority."