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Donald Trump’s strategy was never about alienating the world – it was always about containing China

Just a week ago it seemed Trump’s foreign policies, while detrimental to China, would create opportunities for Beijing to improve relations with others feeling Washington’s ire. Trump’s excoriations of Nato and abandonment of the Paris climate accord and Trans-Pacific Partnership pointed towards isolationism, opening the possibility of a new world order.

But Trump’s approach now appears to be re-establishing American hegemony over Europe, with European promises to improve trade, spend more on defence and move against China as early victories.

These developments run in tandem with Trump’s outreach to Russia and North Korea, the former pressuring Europe and both pressuring Beijing.

While the US appears to have yielded the South China Sea to China for the moment, an effective grand strategy may revitalise the Indo-Pacific scheme of drawing Japan, India and Australia into a China-containment alliance, especially when coupled with the Indo-Pacific Economic Vision.

In the meantime, Trump has indicated willingness to go all-in on the trade war against China as Beijing walks a delicate tightrope of major economic restructuring while trying to maintain growth rates above 6 per cent and slowly deleverage toxic debt and debt dependency.

Where does China stand amid the Trump-EU love fest?

Instead of isolating the US or serving as Vladimir Putin’s handmaid, Trump’s primary objective is to isolate China.

Beijing appears to have been caught flat-footed. Finger-pointing is rife now
Indeed, the US has taken an ambiguous position on Russia’s annexation of Crimea, indicating a measured appeasement. Trump may count on exchanging that ambiguity, plus Syria, for a hard line on Iran, with the calculus that Russian interests are better served in Syria while Chinese interests will suffer with Tehran’s.

Russia would no doubt be happy to be the sole kingmaker in Syria, and would also like to see the Belt and Road Initiative stumble, as it represents a play for Chinese hegemony over Central Asia.

Then again, with a meeting between Trump and Iran President Hassan Rowhani being floated, we may see Iran flip like North Korea, again at China’s expense. European leaders are ready for a deal with Syria to resolve the refugee crisis, and they would love a new one with Iran.

Trump's plan will probably backfire. He's threatening sanctions against India for buy a missile defense system from Russia. He's continuing the Obama sanctions against Russia. He's very anti-Iran. India, incidentally, buys most of their oil from Iran. He attacks Syria every time there's a false flag blaming Assad for gas attacks. His opposition to Globalist plans for Europe is straining relations with Europe. His extreme Zionism is straining relations with Arab countries. The US has been a bully on the international stage for a century and Trump's policies are just driving people away from us, not China.
good post.

but it does seem like he's unconsciously playing 16D checkers
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