21 April 2019

Obama absence gives China opening in Asia-Pacific, WSJ says

United States President Barack Obama’s decision to skip a series of Asia and Pacific summits to tackle the partial government shutdown in Washington strips the US of some of its recent diplomatic momentum in the region and could leave the door open for China to expand its influence, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. His decision not to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings in Bali, Indonesia, and the East Asian Summit in Brunei next week “is a blow to America’s image in Asia, where symbolism is everything”, Ian Storey, senior fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, was quoted as saying. It shows that America is not committed to the region despite Obama’s policy of redirecting his administration’s foreign policy toward the region, Storey added.

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