From vision to reality: Building a new Indo-Pacific

A renewed partnership, a transformative vision. This is what President Donald J. Trump outlined for United States and Indo-Pacific relations almost two years ago in Da Nang, Vietnam, and it is what the US is championing now at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Bangkok, Thailand.

During the second half of a historic trip in 2017 that also featured stops in Japan, South Korea, China, and the Philippines, President Trump laid out an optimistic view of future ties between the US and its partners in the Indo-Pacific. At the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) CEO Summit, he called for a change from the imbalances of the past and a move to a new trade paradigm.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 02, 2019, with the headline 'From vision to reality: Building a new Indo-Pacific'. Subscribe