The unpredictability of American foreign policy under Donald Trump seems to be summed up in a nutshell with recent Tweets by Trump suggesting that America will turn towards stockpiling nuclear arms, never mind the potential for disaster
Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign of extrajudicial killings of suspected drug users and pushers in the Philippines had already come under fire because of its brutality. But it also has disturbing implications for the future of governance in the Asia Pacific region
It is ironic that if America shifts away from globalized neoliberalism and instead moves towards protectionist trade policies under a Trump presidency, this could allow for China to occupy the position of global power formerly occupied by America
One of frequent arguments used by those who suggest that a Donald Trump presidency will follow the terms of more conventional foreign policy is that he will be kept in check by his advisors or institutional safeguards. Is this so?
With recent statements by Donald Trump that he may break with America’s longstanding One China Policy, some in Taiwan have taken this as cause for celebration. More critical voices, however, noted that Trump’s full statement suggests bargaining away Taiwan in return for a trade deal with China
One should not acquiesce to the narrative currently being popularized that anything less than uncritical approval of the impetus behind the Trump-Tsai phone call equates to full support for Beijing’s isolation of Taiwan
Critiques of international media’s reaction to the Trump-Tsai call by pro-Taiwan commentators should be grounded on calling out American hypocrisy on relations with Taiwan instead of trying to convince one’s self and others that the media has gotten it wrong on Trump the all-knowing’s master strategy for the Asia Pacific
A sigh of relief was the response for many after a high profile telephone call between American president-elect Donald Trump and Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-Wen. But should the phone call really inspire such confidence?