The White House inaugurates the year with a disturbing display of Twitter diplomacy.
The parsimonious explanation, of course, is that Trump’s mine-is-bigger tweet is nothing more than another expression of his own juvenile tendency toward one-upsmanship.
"Linking the reduction of the number of personnel with obtaining visas doesn’t stand up to such criticism, because the Americans haven’t written, haven’t dictated, and haven’t pointed out who they’ve sent home and who they’ve left in Russia."
While there is no doubt this is Trump’s government reiterating its East Asia policy, it also highlights one important aspect of that policy: the U.S. still lacks a clear Asia-Pacific strategy.
In reality, it is U.S. militarism that has been driving global militarism, and U.S.-led wars and covert interventions that have spawned subsidiary conflicts and deprived millions of people of security and stability in country after country.
The different interpretations of history, above all that developed after 1959, also came out in the open, and will exert a negative weight on the links between the two nations.
If Obama's course of reconciliation toward Havana prevails, then, the image of the U.S. as the enemy could soon lose some its potency.