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Losing our lead

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

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"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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