Prior to his tour of Southeast Asia, Pompeo called for a “free and open” Indo-Pacific.
Mattis gave a forceful defense of the US’ commitment to its allies in the region, stretching back to Thomas Jefferson, through to the 1945 defeat of fascism and Cold War encroachments by the former Soviet Union.
Trump’s “America First” strategy and Xi’s “Chinese dream” are founded on a common premise: that the world’s two biggest powers have complete latitude to act in their own interest.
Trade cooperation would be enhanced in areas such as energy, agriculture, healthcare, high-tech products and finance, in a “win-win” for both nations.
China has offered President Donald Trump a US$200 billion reduction in its annual trade surplus with the US by increasing imports of American products and other steps.