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State Dept’s Susan Thornton: Trump Administration Has Own Strategic Plan for APAC

A State Department official has said that President Donald Trump’s administration will formulate its own strategy for the Asia-Pacific region, Defense News reported Tuesday.

Aaron Mehta writes Susan Thornton, acting assistant secretary of state, told reporters Monday that the Trump administration will continue to “remain engaged and active in Asia.”

Former President Barack Obama had called his administration’s efforts to rebalance U.S. foreign policy towards the region as “pivot” to the Pacific.

“The Asian economy is very important for U.S. prosperity and growth, so we will be there working on fair trade and free trade issues, working on regional security challenges such as North Korea, and continue to press for a rules-based and constructive, peaceful and stable order in Asia,” Thornton said.

“Whether there will be a bumper sticker to put on that, it’s still early days, so it’s early to say,” she added, according to the report.

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