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Trump and Asia: The First Six Months

July 17, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump meets South Korea's President Moon Jae-In and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 6, 2017. Carlos Barria/Reuters
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In six months in office, President Donald Trump has reordered the foundations of U.S. foreign policy, alienated many traditional U.S. allies, remade the Republican Party, and generally dominated U.S. public discourse with his wild pronouncements and seemingly endless scandals. However, in the Asia-Pacific Trump’s impact, though substantial, has been more marginal than in North America or Europe, where Trump has created a massive divide between the U.S. government and governments of major partners like France, Germany, and Mexico.

Overall, policymakers in Washington and Asia have come away from Trump’s first six months in office somewhat reassured that he has not totally upended most aspects of U.S. Asia policy.

For more on my analysis of the first six months of Trump’s Asia policy, see my new piece for World Politics Review.

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