The Transpacific Partnership was supposed to provide a counter-balance to Chinese economic power in the fast-developing Asia-Pacific region. Ironically, US President Trump's withdrawal from the pact may open up a gap that China can fill.
Vietnam is hosting this year's Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, which gives it an opportunity to tout the benefits of global free trade. But convincing protectionists like Trump remains an uphill task.
US President Donald Trump reiterated his country's commitment to the "Indo-Pacific" during his 13-day tour of Asia. DW examines four reasons for Washington's interest in the region.
The US president has told CEOs at the APEC summit that the US has suffered under past trade deals, and would now take a different path. Meanwhile, a talked about meeting with the Russian president did not materialize.
The stakes are high for Donald Trump's first Asia trip. He needs to convey to US allies why his "America First" policy is not akin to disengagement and what his plans are on North Korea. He leaves with heavy baggage.
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