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Lacking any guiding convictions, much less clear priorities, Trump has confounded America's allies and strategic partners, particularly in Asia – jeopardizing regional security in the process.To be sure, some of Trump's reversals have brought him closer to traditional U.S. positions.The Trump administration's current strategy – counting on China to address the North Korea challenge – won't work, either.Trump's reliance on China to manage North Korea won't just be ineffective; it could actually prove even more destabilizing for Asia.Trump now calls China a friend and partner of his administration – and seems to have developed a fondness for Xi himself. That fondness extends beyond words: Trump's actions have already strengthened Xi's position – and undercut his own – though Trump probably didn't realize it.First, Trump backed down from his threat not to honor the "One China" policy. It is conceivable that Trump could flip again on China (or North Korea).
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