By Lee Chi-dong
WASHINGTON, July 31 (Yonhap) -- Evan Medeiros, known as a pro-China academic, recently assumed the post of senior director for Asian affairs at the White House National Security Council (NSC), succeeding Daniel Russel, diplomatic sources said Wednesday.
Russel became assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs in mid-July.
"Mr. Medeiros can speak, read, and write Chinese," a source here said.
Medeiros joined the NSC in 2009 as director for China issues after serving as a senior political scientist at the Rand Corp.
He specialized in research on the international politics of East Asia, China's foreign and national security policy, U.S.-China relations and Chinese defense industrial issues, according to Rand's Washington office.
In his 2012 book, "Obama and China's Rise," Jeffrey Bader, former senior director for Asian affairs at that NSC, described Medeiros as a "rising star in the China field."
Media characterize him as friendly to China. In 2011, Medeiros was reportedly active in blocking the Obama administration's sale of advanced F-16 jets to Taiwan.
Medeiros apparently holds the key to Washington's policy on the Korean Peninsula along with National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Russel, and Sydney Seiler, who is in charge of Korea policy at the NSC, said the sources.