America’s influence, once so dominant, waning under Trump – Sentinel and Enterprise

By TIM SULLIVAN It’s whispered in NATO meeting rooms and celebrated in China’s halls of power. It’s lamented in the capital cities of key U.S. allies and welcomed in the Kremlin. Three years into Donald Trump’s presidency, America’s global influence is waning. In interviews with The Associated Press, diplomats, foreign officials and scholars from numerous countries describe a changing world order in which the United States has less of a central role. And in many ways, that’s just fine with the White House. Trump campaigned on an ”America First” foreign…

America’s influence, once so dominant, waning under Trump

It’s whispered in NATO meeting rooms and celebrated in China’s halls of power. It’s lamented in the capital cities of key U.S. allies and welcomed in the Kremlin. Three years into Donald Trump’s presidency, America’s global influence is waning. In interviews with The Associated Press, diplomats, foreign officials and scholars from numerous countries describe a changing world order in which the United States has less of a central role. And in many ways, that’s just fine with the White House. Trump campaigned on an ”America First” foreign policy and says…

America’s influence, once so dominant, waning under Trump

It’s whispered in NATO meeting rooms and celebrated in China’s halls of power. It’s lamented in the capital cities of key U.S. allies and welcomed in the Kremlin. Three years into Donald Trump’s presidency, America’s global influence is waning. In interviews with The Associated Press, diplomats, foreign officials and scholars from numerous countries describe a changing world order in which the United States has less of a central role. And in many ways, that’s just fine with the White House. Trump campaigned on an ”America First” foreign policy and says…

South China Sea crisis: How Beijing’s military plan could fall apart amid Trump clashes | World | News

Chinese President Xi Jinping has been determined to assert his country’s dominance over the waters and has subsequently tried to enforce the controversial Nine-Dash Line claim in the region. At the centre of the disagreements are various island clusters such as the Spratly Islands and the Paracel Islands. Beijing has had particularly tense relations with Vietnam and the Philippines over islands in the region. China has destroyed natural land in the region and filled the void with colossal aircraft carriers, an environmental cost deemed worth it by Beijing as the…

South China Sea: China hope Trump re-elected ‘He doesn’t go on about the South China Sea’ | World | News

Despite a trade war and much posturing from both sides, a group of Chinese officials say their betting on a Trump victory due to his transactional approach to politics. According to the Washington Post, one Beijing political insider said: “Trump is a businessman. We can just pay him money and the problems will be solved. “As long as we have money, we can buy him. That’s the reason why we prefer him to Democrats.” Despite rocky relations between the two countries over the last 18 months Trump did recently congratulate…

China hopes Trump will be reelected: He’s easy to read and easy to buy off.

Though the U.S.-China relationship has been rocky over the past 18 months, many in China’s halls of power hope that the American leader will win a second term next year. For although he may seem unpredictable, Chinese officials are betting that Trump’s transactional approach to politics might be preferable to a more principle-driven president, whether Democrat or Republican. “Trump is a businessman. We can just pay him money and the problems will be solved,” said a politically connected person in Beijing, speaking on the condition of anonymity to talk frankly…

US wants China trade deal but won’t turn blind eye to Hong Kong, Trump national security advisor says

US President Donald Trump(L)walks next to new national security advisor Robert O’Brien on September 18, 2019 at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. Nicholas Kamm | AFP | Getty Images U.S. national security adviser Robert O’Brien said Saturday that the so-called phase one trade deal with China could happen by the end of the year, and emphasized that President Trump would not ignore protests underway in Hong Kong.  “We were hoping to have (a phase 1) deal done by the end of the year. I still think that’s…

South China Sea news: Tensions erupt between US and Beijing as Trump sends in combat ships | World | News

The deployment of the littoral combat ships signals a major shift in US strategy for the area, away from reconnaissance and deterrence. A Beijing Think Tank has now said the US is deliberately increasing its attack capability. Both ships were noted to be active in the area, where China’s claims over the region has brought it often into disputes with its neighbours. China’s continued efforts to establish military and economic footholds in the region has brought the country increasingly in to conflict with the US, which has frequently sent warships…