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The Chinese analyst is right: A Trump presidency could open the way for China's strategic dominance in Asia and elsewhere. Wu's comment was focused on Trump's mercantilist style, evoking a world in which Trump and President Xi Jinping, two "big guys," might sit around a table at Mar-a-Lago and cut deals without worrying about human rights. But there's a deeper, more dangerous way in which Trump might be an enabler for Chinese ascendancy. To put it bluntly, his policies would play into China's narrative about the world – and undermine the foundations of American power in Asia, even as it bolstered a rising China.Trump's "America First" policies would reinforce the drift away from U.S. global leadership – in ways that would benefit China.China has already started creating its own network for economic and political influence, anticipating the retreat of American power. In some eerie ways, these Chinese plans are reminiscent of the institutions through which America established its dominance in the post-1945 world.
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