Unpacking President Trump's Asia Policy

Unpacking President Trump's Asia Policy

Unpacking President Trump's Asia Policy

By Krystal Hartig from Perth USAsia Centre | 14 Aug 2017

Unpacking President Trump's Asia Policy teaser Mr Ashley Townshend, Acting Director, Foreign Policy, Defence and Strategy at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and the Hon Kim Beazley AC, Director and Distinguished Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre were hosted for a private roundtable luncheon under Chatham House rules, on President Trump’s Asia Policy, Alliances and Australia’s Strategic Dilemma.

Key Takeaways:
  • A clear US foreign policy in Asia under President Trump has not yet materialised. The current United States (US) administration does not have a clear Asia Policy.
  • Without a US foreign policy in Asia, Australia has an opportunity to offset these effects. Australia should pursue an ambitious regional engagement strategy to offset the retraction of US engagement in the region..
  • President Trump's 'America First' policy has rebranded alliances and joint-statements throughout the Indo-Pacific. Both traditional US alliances and joint economic statements between the US and some Indo-Pacific nations (Japan, South Korea, India and the Philippines) have been rebranded to reflect President Trump’s ‘America First’ approach. 
 
Krystal Hartig is a Research and Program Assistant at the Perth USAsia Centre 

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