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Losing our lead

Author: Elizabeth C. Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies
November 20, 2005


"President George W. Bush's weeklong Asia summitry is most notable for what might have been. The president had a singular opportunity to reassert U.S. leadership in a region that increasingly seeks to dance with a new partner, China. Instead, he persisted with the same tone-deaf diplomacy that has caused America's reputation to plummet throughout much of Asia over the past few years. Unless we change course, the result will be a continued decline in U.S. influence, willingness of Asia to forge political, security and economic relationships that exclude the United States, and wider opening for China to assert its influence."

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