U.S. Vice President Pence’s trip to Asia is intended to signal U.S. strength and resolve in the region.
As North Korea develops an array of missiles that could deliver a nuclear weapon to the continental United States, that further complicates the tension over defending U.S. allies in the region.
While the Trump administration’s nuclear and space policy remains uncertain, drastic readjustments may destabilize China-U.S. relations if China interprets it as a way to contain its rise.
At a time of critical readjustment, the U.S. and Chinese governments need to establish a solid foundation for the stable development of their bilateral relationship.
Trump’s engagement in East Asia has further fueled Russian and Chinese perceptions of the U.S. missile defense system as a threat to their nuclear deterrents.
In light of the recent rise of populism and the refugee crisis, the future of European integration will depend on the results of imminent elections in France, Germany, and the Netherlands.
U.S. and Chinese leaders need to build a closer cooperation to together face the mounting tensions in the Korean peninsula, including North Korea’s missile tests and the removal of Park Geun-hye.
The more realistic option would be increased information sharing between Moscow and Beijing on THAAD and the US military presence in Northeast Asia, as well as joint exercises like the one held in May 2016.
President Trump’s rhetoric on U.S. policy toward China and India present uncertainties for the future of the Indo-Pacific region.
A recent departure from past anti-China rhetoric and Trump’s renewed commitment to regional alliances suggest the potential for a constructive U.S.-China relationship moving forward.