Trump's Indo-Pacific strategy a work in progress

How it will function as a framework for Washington's ties with Asia is sketchy, leaving it open to interpretations by others

WASHINGTON • US President Donald Trump unveiled his administration's vision for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) in a speech in Danang, Vietnam, last November. Given its scant details, it has since led to a flurry of questions and interpretations as to what it means for the United States and its ties with the countries in the region.

If it is to be a strategy in place of the Obama administration's "pivot to Asia", how might it function as an organising principle? Numerous remarks have been made here and there by senior US officials and lawmakers but, without any follow-up comments from Mr Trump, there is still a lack of clarity.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 29, 2018, with the headline 'Trump's Indo-Pacific strategy a work in progress'. Print Edition | Subscribe