Trump administration rejects ‘pivot’ to Asia – at least in name

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Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 sailors and South Korean sailors listen to a briefing as part of the Foal Eagle exercise in Jinhae, South Korea, on March 13, 2017. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will stopping in South Korea later this week.   TORREY W. LEE/U.S. NAVY
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Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 sailors and South Korean sailors listen to a briefing as part of the Foal Eagle exercise in Jinhae, South Korea, on March 13, 2017. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will stopping in South Korea later this week. TORREY W. LEE/U.S. NAVY

Trump administration rejects ‘pivot’ to Asia – at least in name

by: Kim Gamel | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: March 15, 2017

SEOUL, South Korea — The new U.S. administration has yet to unveil its plans for a new strategy toward the Asia-Pacific, but the “pivot” or “rebalance” — as former President Barack Obama’s policy of deeper engagement was known — has been officially put to rest.

A senior State Department official rejected the terms while acknowledging there’s nothing yet to replace them.

The comments came on the eve of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s first trip to Asia in his new role, with stops planned in Japan, South Korea and China.

“On the issue of pivot, rebalance, et cetera, I mean, that was a word that was used to describe the Asia policy in the last administration,” said Susan Thornton, acting assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs.

During a press briefing in Washington on Monday, she outlined general principles as part of a preview of Tillerson’s Asia trip.

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