August 24, 2016

U.S. Troubles Over Trump and TPP Risk Emboldening China in Asia

Source: Bloomberg

Journalists: David Tweed, Nick Wadhams

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter warned a few months back that China risked a “great wall of self-isolation” for its actions in the disputed South China Sea. That hasn’t deterred Xi Jinping.

Beijing is boosting its military presence in the area unabated, in the face of stepped-up U.S. patrols and a recent arbitration court ruling that invalidated its claims to most of the waterway. After decades of U.S. dominance in the western Pacific, Xi’s behavior throws up an increasingly urgent dilemma for America in how to slow China’s military and economic expansionism.

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  • Patrick M. Cronin

    Former Senior Advisor and Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Patrick M. Cronin is a former Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Previously, he was the ...