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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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Accepted and rejected

The latest development in the non-resolution of the tensions that bedevil relations between India and Pakistan comes from the Americans, and signals what at first sight is a shift of position by the Trump administration. Washington has offered to help de-escalate the acrimony that is currently at an elevated level. Pakistan has welcomed and accepted the move, and India has rejected it. 

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