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Changes in Trump’s policies on Asia before and after inauguration

Changes in Trump’s policies on Asia


During election campaign

After inauguration

Stationing of U.S. forces

Possible withdrawal unless allies pay share of expenditures

Appreciates contributions of Japan, ROK, and other allies while demanding they share in expenditures

Japan, ROK’s nuclear armament

Hinted at tolerating nuclear armament in light of DPRK threat since each country is responsible for its own defense

Emphasizes alliance relationships; pledges protection under U.S. “nuclear umbrella”

Approach to North Korea

“No problem with talking to Kim Jong Un”; keen on direct dialogue

Stronger economic sanctions; emphasizes pressure rather than dialogue; does not rule out military option

Trade deficit with Japan

Cited Komatsu and other Japanese companies in his speeches; criticized expansion of exports to U.S. helped by weak yen

Agrees to Japan-U.S. Economic Dialogue led by Aso, Pence

Economic ties with China

Tough policies such as designating China as “currency manipulator” and high tariffs on Chinese products

Softens policy; defers designation as “currency manipulator”


A “disaster” for the U.S.; criticized the TPP for possibility of causing decline of U.S. manufacturing industries

Signs executive order for “permanent withdrawal”

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