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Donald Trump, the Republican Party's presumptive U.S. presidential nominee, has expressed deep skepticism about the value of America's alliances. His is a very 19th-century view of the world.Back then, the United States followed George Washington's advice to avoid "entangling alliances" and pursued the Monroe Doctrine, which focused on U.S. interests in the Western Hemisphere. Lacking a large standing army (and with a navy that in the 1870s was smaller than Chile's), the U.S. played a minor role in the 19th-century global balance of power.Though it was now a major global actor, the U.S. became virulently isolationist.Opinion polls show popular majorities in support of NATO and the U.S.-Japan alliance.The U.S. has some 60 treaty allies; China has few.The U.S. remains central to the workings of the global balance of power, and to the provision of global public goods.
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