There are many things we look for in a. We look for leadership and the ability to manage grave challenges like a pandemic. While most people are focused on avoiding COVID-19 and keeping their jobs, we would be wise to remember that one of the most important roles for any is to build a set of global allies who will stand with us when inevitable conflicts occur.
Today, America faces unprecedented challenges from foreign powers, especially China and. To meet the challenges, we must build a coherent foreign policy that the world — especially our allies — can understand and support. We are witnessing China increasingly flexing its muscles on the Indian border, in Hong Kong, in the South China Sea and with Taiwan. America puts itself at risk to not realize that China is investing much of its resources into a growing, multifaceted military.
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Theneeds to build alliances throughout Asia to ensure our stability for the next century. We need to be doubling down on our relationships with India, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan and especially South . South is the world’s 12th-largest economic power and one of America’s strongest allies for the last 60 years. It has been a bastion of democracy housing one of the largest US military bases in Asia. It also houses an essential element of the West’s global supply chain for technology, transportation and telecommunications. This supply chain is more important than ever if relations with China continue to deteriorate.
While the importance of a strong South CNN.policy is at an all-time high, President managed to stick his finger in the eye of our Korean allies. In 2019, demanded “out of thin air” that the pay $4.7 billion per year to station military forces on the , according to
There is no question that our allies have to pay their fair share for defense. However, cost-sharing negotiations must be based on rationale and data. At precisely the time we need strong allies in Asia, Presidentis burning bridges. This is a major political gaffe that America needs to correct before our relationship suffers long-term damage. If the cannot count on reasonable and predictable , they will have little choice but to abandon Washington and to seek out other alliances.
The said, “If South decides that it is better off without the , President will have undermined an over 60-year shared commitment to peace, stability, and rule of law.”weren’t the only ones taken by surprise. Even Republican Senators Cory Gardner and Marco Rubio were unprepared to discuss the ’s comments. Senator Ed Markey, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee,
The United States can do better. We need to deepen our relationship withas an essential partner for dealing with and China. We should be doing the same with other Asian countries and continue to promote the policies that Democratic and Republican secretaries of state have built over decades. A needs to communicate a consistent game plan that the American people — and our allies — can understand and count on.
Presidential leadership needs to be even-handed and sensitive to the concerns of our allies. Demands should be replaced by reasonable requests and ample explanations. Insisting that allies vastly increase payments to themight make good domestic election-year politics at the cost of American safety in the world.
If we do not rethink the importance of our allies soon, we may be left to fight the next war alone.
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