Asia Preparing for “The Age of Trumpism”
People across Asia are poised for a dramatic change in relations with Washington, DC under President Donald Trump after decades with the United States as a major military and economic presence.
The clues President Donald Trump has given about his foreign policy are a break with former President Barack Hussein Obama’s failed “Pivot to Asia”.
In one of his 1st actions in the Oval Office, President Trump withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement being negotiated by Washington and 11 Pacific Rim countries. He has talked about requiring allies Japan and South Korea to pay more for US troops stationed on their soil.
President Trump has threatened to raise tariffs on Chinese goods to 45% and upended 40 yrs of Bush inspired diplomatic protocol by taking a phone call from President Tsai Ing-wen of self-governing Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own territory.
“From this moment on, it’s going to be America First,” President Trump said at his Inauguration last Friday.
Given President Trump’s business background, some Taiwanese foresee a friendly relationship based on longstanding US sales of military equipment to Taiwan and an upgrade in the self-governing island’s military defense.