[T]he U.S. isn’t going to retreat and give up its hegemony ... it appears it's set its sights on creating a military alliance of the U.S., Japan, India and Australia to contain China.
President Donald Trump is on a 12-day trip in Asia, and with every appearance he is confirming the abdication of the U.S. as a global protector of liberal democracy.
<i>The U.S. president was in Vietnam for the meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, which he essentially wants to leave. Shinzo Abe’s Japan assumes leadership.</i>
It is strange to hear the slogan “America First” in Vietnam, and specifically in a place like Da Nang, which was devastated by the war. [Read more]
<i>President Xi Jinping has defended the globalized economy and stated that his country will open its doors to partners at a time when Trump has charted the opposite course.</i>
If Donald Trump were, in fact, to make good on his presidential campaign promise to implement a protectionist approach to foreign trade, [Read more]
Now that the Abe statement has forced China and the United States to the front of the stage, China has changed from fighting a war with Japan to combating a U.S.-Japan alliance.
To be firm when facing their authoritarian rivals, the United States should be demanding regarding their democratic allies who pose a problem, as in the case of Japan. It’s a matter of credibility.