Anxious allies are breathing a sigh of relief that American power is back as a force to be reckoned with.
Americans suffering a crisis of confidence about the future of their country's democratic institutions under President Donald Trump could use a dose of Indian-style optimism.
Beijing's hardline stance might not be doing it any favors.
From rising populism to stalling markets, here are the twists to watch for in the coming year.
Daniel Twining is Counselor and Asia Director at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.