The alliance’s reflex is to shy away from political discussions. This doesn’t bode well when it comes to even thinking about developing a shared strategic outlook toward China.
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Washington and Seoul must agree on the purpose of their alliance if it is no longer needed to deter aggression by a hostile North Korea. Reaching a consensus on this question will not be easy.
During both Obama’s and Trump’s time in office, the Kremlin has demonstrated a remarkable knack for filling the vacuums created by U.S. policymakers in the Middle East and beyond, usually on the cheap.
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American diplomacy has been adrift through much of the post-Cold War period. President Trump has accelerated that drift and made it infinitely worse.
Questions remain about how committed the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is to continue “reform and opening” even as Xi seeks to advance CCP control in every sector.
As priorities diverge and the United States is dragged into peripheral battles, the deterioration of its Middle East alliance system can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The Trump administration sees China as a long-term strategic rival, and has challenged China on multiple fronts. The stakes for Japan and the U.S.-Japan alliance are getting higher as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes his own bid to reorient relations with Beijing.
The bottom line is that bridging to G7 nations such as Italy and France and getting global recognition for the BRI are now top Chinese priorities. China wants to be seen as the new champion of multilateralism.