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Is Trump’s America the ‘dispensable’ power in Asia? https://t.co/GQmTIKQmCF

Is Trump’s America the ‘dispensable’ power in Asia? https://t.co/GQmTIKQmCF

Trump’s trip to Asia in November 2017 demonstrated that his administration has largely abandoned, or at best severely weakened, two of the three pillars of this bipartisan foreign policy edifice. While in relation to North Korea there was a bellicose reaffirmation of the US commitment to playing sheriff, the multilateral economic and soft power dimensions were significantly downgraded. US proposals for bilateral trade deals were greeted with polite silence. Given the Trump administration’s drive to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and the US–Korea Free Trade Agreement as part of its ‘America first’ agenda, US credibility as a trustworthy trading partner has been sorely compromised.

Full article: http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/12/31/is-trumps-america...

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