This was such a good read. As an Asian, my family and I have had some discussions about this issue when Trump’s move came out. It might not have been obvious to Trump, but it was obvious to us that China would never budge. Russia, to some extent, still owes some degree of respect for the pressure from USA and Europe. China has much less concern of this. Moreover, with Trump basically going against what Obama had did to secure a strategic position against China, USA is going to lose a lot of leverage in East Asia. International politics aren’t helping either, with Phillipines, arguably one of the loudest voices against China in SEA now favouring relationships with China over USA, Trump really needs to think about his next move before he ends up losing USA’s influence in Asia entirely.