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Indo-Pacific? Not from where China is sitting

The region is leading global development and Trump wants America to be first

Christian Shepherd & Sanjeev Miglani | Reuters 

As US President Donald Trump and some of America’s democratic allies talk up a vision of “Indo-Pacific” cooperation, China is determined to ensure that the future belongs to “Asia”. The increasing use of the phrase “Indo-Pacific” by Trump and his team during their marathon Asian jaunt this week, instead of the “Asia-Pacific” term that has long been common in business and diplomacy, is being greeted with thinly-veiled sneers in Beijing. “Trump choosing to use the term and actually making it happen are two totally ...

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First Published: Sat, November 11 2017. 23:03 IST