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U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping after attending a business event at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China, Nov. 9, 2017 (AP photo by Andy Wong).

Who Will Pay the Cost of Trump’s ‘Uncertainty Doctrine’?

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

I suspect I speak for many close observers of international affairs when I express my frustration with the sheer repetitiveness of trying to decipher signal from noise amid the chaos and uncertainty that surrounds U.S. President Donald Trump.

Trump’s lengthy jaunt through Asia is the latest case in point. On the one hand, he managed to reassure many observers by staying “on-script” through much of the trip, although defining success as avoiding any public displays of pique—rather than securing any concrete deliverables—is a sign of how low the bar has now been set for Trump. On the other, he did not manage to alleviate anxieties or confusion over what his America First approach to U.S. foreign policy means for the region. In short, par for the course for Trump’s “uncertainty doctrine.” ...

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