In his inaugural address, President Donald Trump declared “America First,” reinforcing the belief that he would follow through on his campaign rhetoric—confrontation with China, but also what appeared to be a wavering of support for long-standing commitments to Japan and South Korea. Elsewhere in Asia, the speech appeared to be a confirmation that U.S. policy towards Asia would no longer be business as usual...or so it seemed.
Since the inauguration, President Trump has reversed his position on the “One China policy”—having previously regarded the position as “negotiable,” and the U.S. alliances with Japan and South Korea have been reaffirmed following President Trump’s meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ trip to both Japan and South Korea, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s meetings with his counterparts from both Japan and South Korea on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Germany. President Trump’s Asia policy appears to be moderating over time, but on almost every front, questions remain as to how the U.S. will proceed in Asia under his leadership.
Join us as Ian Bremmer and others review President Trump’s early moves in Asia in the first 100 days of his presidency, outstanding issues he will have to consider, and the challenges on the horizon.