But it's still a powerful signal of Beijing's ambitions in a post-U.S. Asia.
Defense is dominant in maritime East Asia.
China is starting to dictate terms in one of the world’s strategic waterways, and the United States is largely missing in action.
The United States is creating problems in Asia by offering to mediate Vietnam’s tensions with China.
The president should use his trip to Asia to reassure allies and assert U.S. power.
China is the biggest threat to the U.S.-led global order. But America keeps getting distracted.
Thailand has been slipping into Beijing's orbit for decades. It's time for Trump to make a counter-offer.
America’s angst about Chinese aggression in the South China Sea is overblown – and China knows it.
If Trump wants to put pressure on North Korea or China, he's going to need to have good friends in Asia.
As the two giants stare each other down in the Himalayas, the real conflict may erupt at sea.
Vietnam's capitulation shows China's neighbors fear the U.S. no longer has their backs.
The White House should consider the long term in its dealings with Beijing.