August 02, 2019

A month after G20, Trump's Asia policy achievements appear to be unraveling

Featuring Duyeon Kim

Source: CNN

Journalist Joshua Berlinger

At the end of June, US President Donald Trump appeared to have deals in hand with North Korea and China that would have put nuclear and trade talks back on track.

What a difference a month makes.

Since Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and became the first sitting US president to set foot on North Korean territory, Pyongyang has test-fired sophisticated weaponry three times in eight days. And since Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping met at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan for trade talks, the White House has said it would enact an additional 10% tariff on $300 billion worth of products coming from China -- including consumer electronics like iPhones, sneakers and toys. The move means effectively all goods coming in from China will now be taxed.

To top it off, Washington's two allies in the region -- South Korea and Japan -- are in the middle of a feud that's reached fever pitch, with Tokyo removing Seoul from a list of countries it can trade with with limited restrictions.

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Authors

  • Duyeon Kim

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Duyeon Kim is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Her expertise includes the two Koreas, nuclear ...