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The Trumping of Asia

Donald Trump’s first trip as president to Asia, where he has unnerved US allies and adversaries alike, will be dominated by the North Korean nuclear crisis.  As that crisis has become by far the gravest threat to regional security and stability, other issues, such as trade and China’s assertiveness in the South China Sea, will take a back seat.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Sam Panthaky/Getty Images
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