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By Quitting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Trump Cedes Asia-Pacific to China

Abdicating economic leadership in southeast Asia while increasing confrontation over the South China Sea is terrible strategy


What the cosmopolitan elite don’t realize is that it will never work to offer the counterfactual that if not for free trade, Target’s goods would be more expensive. That will never be a winning argument.

We’re going to have to send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops and, second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed.

It’s a question of if those islands are in fact in international waters and not part of China proper, then yeah, we’re going to make sure that we defend international territories from being taken over by one country.



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Nicholas Grossman

Senior Editor at Arc Digital. Poli Sci prof (IR) at U. Illinois. Author of “Drones and Terrorism.” Politics, national security, and occasional nerdery.