US Asia Pivot

Trump’s East Asia Headache: South Korea-Japan Spat Deepens

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Historical animosities are devolving into a full-fledged trade war between key US allies in East Asia.

Mending the Marriage: The Importance of Stabilizing US-China Relations

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The US-China bilateral relationship is too big to fail.

Trump-Kim Summit Recap

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The summit’s only surprise came in the form of an unforced error from the US side.

Dessert Diplomacy: The Difficulty of Presenting a United Front Against North Korea

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A diplomatic incident over the dessert menu reflects just how hard it is for Washington to get its Asia allies on the same page on North Korea.

China in Talks for a Military Base in Vanuatu

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Reports suggest that China wants to build a military base in Australia’s backyard.

President Trump and the Geopolitical World Order: East Asia

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The geopolitical world order is being remade under President Trump, but not necessarily in the way he intends. This series takes a region-by-region look at US foreign policy and asks: What does the decline of US power and influence mean for the world?

Will Bannon’s Asia Policy Survive at the White House?

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Before his departure was made official, Steve Bannon was floating the idea of tying a Korean nuclear deal to US troop withdrawals in the South.

US Extends Arms to Former Enemy Vietnam

A crowd of roughly 120 people, mostly Vietnamese-Americans waving flags of both countries, and some dressed in traditional Vietnamese attire, attend the arrival of Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of Vietnam's Communist Party, at Joint Base Andrews, Md., July 6, 2015. Trong is scheduled to meet with President Obama July 7, which will be the first visit at the White House since the two countries normalized relations about 20 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace/RELEASED)

Vietnam’s premier meets President Trump on the heels of the US administration’s first FONOP in the South China Sea.

Backgrounder: US-Vietnam Relations

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China’s rise in the Asia-Pacific is bringing together two former enemies.

Vietnam Waits for Signs of Trump’s Asia Policy

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With the ‘Asia Pivot’ gone, and the TPP with it, Hanoi left to guess at what the Trump administration’s Asia Pacific policy will be.

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