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When the Trilateral Commission – a group of political and business leaders, journalists and academics – met here in Singapore recently, many expressed concern about the decline of American leadership in Asia.A frequently heard question in Singapore: Will U.S. leadership in Asia survive the Trump years?My own guess, which I warned the group might be wrong, is that the U.S. can recover its leadership after the Trump years if it relearns the lessons of using power with others as well as over others.As for the rise of China, contrary to current pessimism, the U.S. will retain important power advantages that will last longer than even an eight-year presidency, should Trump be re-elected. According to United Nations data, the U.S. is the only developed country expected to contribute to global population growth by 2050 .A decade ago, the U.S. seemed hopelessly dependent on imported energy.Sixth, the U.S. has geographical advantages that China lacks.But, most important, the U.S. and China are not destined for war.
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