Asia’s geopolitical context could be quickly deteriorating

The US administration of President Donald Trump has made decisions that could revive the tensions in Asia a little more. First, it authorized its first sale of weapons to Taiwan despite strong protests from Beijing. The first rather cordial exchanges between Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping could therefore quickly change their tone.

Then, the Trump administration indicated that it is considering a wider range of strategies to address the North Korean issue, at least theoretically increasing the possibility of a military conflict. While Beijing dislikes the deployment of THAAD anti-missile batteries in South Korea and insists that Washington negotiate with Pyongyang, the United States would rather seek as a pre-condition the end of the Chinese economic support to North Korea (DPRK).