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Asia in the Trump Era

From Pivot to Peril?

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The Pivot: The Future of American Statecraft in Asia
The Pivot: The Future of American Statecraft in Asia
By Kurt Campbell
Twelve, 2016, 432 pp. Purchase
By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783
By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783
By Michael J. Green
Columbia University Press, 2017, 760 pp. Purchase
The End of the Asian Century: War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World’s Most Dynamic Region
The End of the Asian Century: War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World’s Most Dynamic Region
By Michael R. Auslin
Yale University Press, 2017, 304 pp. Purchase

Donald Trump ran for office promising to overturn U.S. policy toward Asia. He threatened to launch a trade war against China, calling for a 45 percent tariff on Chinese imports to the United States and promising to label Beijing a currency manipulator. After his election as U.S. president, he broke with four decades of precedent when he spoke to Taiwan’s leader on the phone and declared that the United States might not uphold the “one China” policy—the foundation of U.S.-Chinese ties—under which the United States does not formally recognize the Taiwanese government. On his first full weekday in office, Trump withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the 12-nation, U.S.-led trade deal that many in the American foreign policy establishment saw as crucial to preserving U.S. influence in the region.

Since then, however, Trump has appeared to adopt a

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In This Review

The Pivot: The Future of American Statecraft in Asia
The Pivot: The Future of American Statecraft in Asia
By Kurt Campbell
Twelve, 2016, 432 pp. Purchase
By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783
By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783
By Michael J. Green
Columbia University Press, 2017, 760 pp. Purchase
The End of the Asian Century: War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World’s Most Dynamic Region
The End of the Asian Century: War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World’s Most Dynamic Region
By Michael R. Auslin
Yale University Press, 2017, 304 pp. Purchase

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