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US policies toward India and Asia need strategic coherence

President Donald J. Trump is on his first official trip to Asia, with stops in Japan, South Korea, China, and now Vietnam, for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) summit. In his address to the APEC CEO Summit, he outlined his stamp on Asia statecraft, which includes a vision of upholding a “free and open Indo-Pacific.” However, the United States cannot achieve that goal without strong Asian partnerships—including with India.

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The Chinese vision of reviving the historic Silk Road through its One Belt One Road initiative across Eurasia holds the prospects of revolutionising connectivity in terms of trade, energy and logistics. China’s high growth cannot now be sustained by its own market and exports to the markets of the countries pivoting towards Asia Pacific under the leadership of the US.

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Keep US close, Russia closer

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