From the standpoint of Asian nations, 2017 clearly marks the decline of the United States as the world's preeminent power — and the unstoppable rise of China as a global superpower, says DW's Alexander Freund.
Your administration also hasn't taken any initiative to resolve the Rohingya crisis, which has seen massive atrocities being committed against hapless people and hundreds of thousands of victims displaced. Despite reports of widespread violence and abuse, the White House has remained silent. Even the Catholic Pope showed more compassion and urged for an end to the bloodshed of a people of a different faith.
Tweets against missiles
You also have no strategy to counter the constant provocations emanating from the Kim Jong Un regime in North Korea, except a steady stream of tweets. The stringent international sanctions repeatedly imposed on the isolated East Asian nation have been unable to force Pyongyang to alter its belligerent behavior. Moreover, China and Russia have only half-heartedly embraced your efforts.
Despite your threats, the "rocketman" in Pyongyang has put his country in a position of strength — and in such a way that there is no alternative to holding direct talks. To resolve crises, alliances are needed, not symbolic gestures. And you have failed to forge these alliances.
But most interesting was how you positioned yourself in your dealings with China. During the election campaign, you railed against Beijing's unfair trade practices and vowed to put a stop to them, reduce the US' gigantic trade deficit, end China's exchange rate manipulation, impose punitive tariffs and, if necessary, boycott Chinese products. "America First!"
Since he secured his second term as China's leader during the Communist Party congress in October this year, Xi has enjoyed unrestricted political power in his country.
With his "Belt and Road Initiative," the Chinese leader has presented a vision that will benefit China and many other Asian countries. Thus, Xi plans to expand Beijing's clout and position his country as the unparalleled power in Asia in the coming decades. China plans for the long term; you seem to be only interested in managing your Twitter handle.
The Chinese system of one-party state, government-run turbo-capitalism and absolute control is not desirable in any way. But at least China, unlike the US, has proven to be a reliable partner.
Uncertainty instead of leadership
From the standpoint of Asian nations, 2017 clearly marks the decline of the United States as the world's preeminent power, and the unstoppable rise of China as a global superpower.
With your disastrous policies, you have lost credibility and countless opportunities to positively shape geopolitical events. So Mr. Trump, 2017 was not a really good year either for you or for Asia.