Can Mr. Trump Stop America’s Asian Allies From Defecting to China?

Can Mr. Trump Stop America’s Asian Allies From Defecting to China?

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In recent months, several of America’s closest Asian allies have “defected” to China. Unsure about the direction and commitment of the United States, and unable to ignore China’s growing power and its intensifying resolve to use that power, nations that have aligned themselves with the U.S. for decades are now changing course. The Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand are making a calculated decision to realign themselves with Beijing—or to lay groundwork to be able to do so in the future. This development highlights three prophetically significant trends: The decline of American might, the rise of China’s power, and the emerging alliance that the Bible calls the “Kings of the East.”

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