It seems US President-elect Donald Trump’s way of thinking is no different to that of the era in which there was overheated trade friction between Japan and the United States. His criticism of Japan, based on the old yardstick regarding trade deficits as an absolute evil, cannot be ignored.
As one looks at the state of politics around the world today, the words of William Hague, former leader of the UK’s Conservative Party and Foreign Secretary in David Cameron’s government, have never rung more true:
On February 14 when Admiral Harry B. Harris of US Pacific Command launches the 36th Cobra Gold joint exercise at Uta-pao airbase, it would send a strong signal to the international community that the US remains engaged strategically in the region as before, especially with its long standing friend and ally of nearly 200 years.
Even with his inauguration as US President still forthcoming, Donald Trump has appointed his son-in-law as his Senior Adviser. He also refused to divest himself from his business holdings, but shifted all his assets into the care of a trust managed by his two sons.
It remains a question whether United States President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil Corp chairman and chief executive, as secretary of state will get through Senate scrutiny.