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Tue Aug 13, 2019, 10:16 PM

Waning of American Power? Trump Struggles With an Asia in Crisis

The Trump administration has taken a hands-off approach to conflicts — from Kashmir to Hong Kong to the rivalry between Japan and South Korea — as Asian officials escalate the battles.

New York Times
Edward Wong
Aug. 13, 2019

WASHINGTON — For two and a half years, President Trump has said he is finally doing in Asia what he asserts his predecessor, Barack Obama, failed to achieve with a strategic pivot: strengthen American influence and rally partners to push back against China.

But as violence escalates and old animosities are rekindled across Asia, Washington has chosen inaction, and governments are ignoring the Trump administration’s mild admonitions and calls for calm. Whether it is the internal battles in India and Hong Kong or the rivalry between two American allies, Japan and South Korea, Mr. Trump and his advisers are staying on the sidelines.

The inability or unwillingness of Washington to help defuse the flash points is one of the clearest signs yet of the erosion of American power and global influence under Mr. Trump, who has stuck to his “America First” idea of disengagement, analysts say.

Without the steady centripetal force of American diplomacy, disorder in Asia is spinning in all sorts of dangerous directions,” said William J. Burns, a deputy secretary of state in the Obama administration and the president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “The net result is not only increased risk of regional turbulence, but also long-term corrosion of American influence.”

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/13/world/asia/trump-asia.html

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Tue Aug 13, 2019, 11:37 PM

1. If Trump has decided to get involved...

the New York Times would have raised holy hell criticizing him.

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Wed Aug 14, 2019, 04:13 AM

2. NYT. Lololol

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Wed Aug 14, 2019, 07:11 AM

3. Maybe Trump should send The National Guard to the Hong Kong airport.

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