Ways for Donald Trump to deter China in East Sea

TTXVN-VNA | 30-12-2016 | 17:32 |

Hanoi (VNA) - Harry J. Kazianis, Director of Defense Studies at the Center for the National Interest, offered four key points as part of a new East Sea strategy that could be easily implemented by the new administration with the goal of deterring China from dominating the area for the foreseeable future.

First, the incoming administration must be willing to admit and make clear the realization that China is committed to changing the status-quo. Trump’s new team must be willing to call Beijing out when it acts aggressively and readily state the obvious— that China is a great-power competitor to the United States.

Second, Whom Trump picks for various positions in his administration will signal to America’s allies and partners in Asia that we either mean business or that the Asia-Pacific will be a backwater of our foreign policy planning for years to come.

Three, Trump’s new Asia hands—and indeed his whole foreign policy team—must remember never to make promises you cannot keep.

Four, the new administration, if they are to put forward a successful strategy, must know that this will not be one or two-year challenge, but will extend through the entire Trump tenure in office, and beyond./.

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