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William Choong
Opinion

Opinion

William Choong

Trump’s troop withdrawals are forcing Asia to contemplate a post-US future, particularly in the South China Sea

  • By threatening to pull out of South Korea and letting a long-standing US-Philippines military agreement end, Trump has breached the unthinkable
  • The worry is that the US may strike a withdrawal deal with China in the South China Sea, carving up the disputed waters in a sort of Guam Doctrine

Illustration: Craig Stephens Illustration: Craig Stephens
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William Choong

William Choong

Dr William Choong is Senior Fellow at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore. He was previously Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security at the IISS until January 2020, where he helped to run the annual IISS Shangri-La Dialogue and contributed to research on regional security issues such as the South China Sea territorial disputes and Japan’s evolution into a "normal" power.