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Asia's Dilemma: China's Butter, or America's Guns?

Rodger Baker
Senior VP of Strategic Analysis, Stratfor
Apr 4, 2017 | 08:00 GMT
U.S. Asia Policy Under Trump
Trade is the lifeblood of the Asia-Pacific, and even as nationalism rises, the region still sees a globalized world as a greater reward than risk.

Though Chinese trade and investment is certainly appealing, there is little substitute for the security guarantees that the U.S. military can provide. Thus, the assertion that China is set to usurp the leadership role of an inward-turning United States is not nearly as pronounced in the Asia-Pacific as it is in the West....

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