President-Elect Donald Trump to Unravel the Strategic Rebalancing to Asia?


Renato Cruz De Castro




 December 7, 2016


DURING HIS LAST trip to Southeast Asia as the President of the United States, President Barack Obama made an emphatic defense of his “strategic rebalancing policy,” dismissing critics who doubted America’s long-term role in the region. A significant component of the strategic rebalancing policy to Asia is the reassertion of US economic leadership in the region through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Pact, an initiative of the George W. Bush administration in 2008 that became a priority of the Obama administration.