The trouble with Trump's Asia trip

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:44:27 AM. Just as Donald Trump identified an America in sharp decline during the 2016 election, the problem for the US now is that the world now seems to agree.
Photo: Has selling a vision of 'America in decline' come back to bite Trump as he meets with Asia's most powerful leaders? (Reuters: Kevin Lamarque) Donald Trump's 12-day, five-nation tour of Asia is historic. It's a quarter of a century since an American president made such a lengthy tour of the region. In late 1991 and early 1992, president George Bush (no need for initials in those days) embarked on a victory lap following the end of the Cold War and the Gulf War, crowning America's global hegemony as the world's only super-power. Bush had served in the region in World War II, and was greeted as an old friend in Sydney for New Year's Eve, and even by the Japanese who had shot his plane down 48 years earlier. Those were heady days. Communist dictators had been toppling faster than Hollywood moguls accused of sexual harassment. Political scientist Francis Fukuyama would soon be writing about "The End of History" and the enduring dominance of liberal democratic and capitalist societies. Trade barriers were coming down, Europe was uniting under a single currency, concern over the environment was growing, and the world came together at the 1992 Earth Summit leading to the Kyoto Accord. It turns out to have been more of a turning point in history than an end point. When dinner goes wrong For George Bush, things started to go badly on that Asia tour. Seated at a state dinner in his honour hosted by Japanese prime minister Kiichi Miyazawa, the 67-year-old American president...Read more
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