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Trump Trip to Asia Mostly a Welcome Shift in U.S. Foreign Policy

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Hit and Run Reason

President Donald Trump doesn’t think he’s getting enough credit for his 12-day, five-country trip to Asia. He has a point.

Trump’s diplomatic efforts in Asia are a repudiation of Barack Obama’s “Asia pivot,” which sought to contain China’s rise by expanding American influence in the region. The Obama approach prompted China to take a more confrontational stance vis a vis the United States—an effect that apparently caught the Obama administration by surprise even though it shouldn’t have.

Trump’s reset can reduce tensions in the region while giving U.S. allies an incentive to take more responsibility for their own stability and security. Japan and South Korea, for example, have both recently committed to increasing their own military expenditures.

And while China insists its decision to send a high-level envoy to North Korea (the first such trip this year) was “common practice” and “unrelated” to the American president’s visit, Trump has pushed

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