US President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference on China as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 29. Photo: AFP US President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference on China as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 29. Photo: AFP
US President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference on China as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 29. Photo: AFP
Lee Seong-hyon
Opinion

Opinion

Lee Seong-hyon

As it deals with China rivalry, the US must show it can still be trusted to stand by its allies in Asia

  • Asian nations have been disappointed by Washington’s lack of leverage over Beijing
  • There is a view that Donald Trump is adopting a hardline posture towards China for the upcoming presidential election, and might abandon Asian allies once victory is secured

US President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference on China as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 29. Photo: AFP US President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference on China as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 29. Photo: AFP
US President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference on China as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 29. Photo: AFP
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Lee Seong-hyon

Lee Seong-hyon

Lee Seong-hyon, PhD, is director of the Centre for Chinese Studies at Sejong Institute in Seoul. Formerly, he was director of Department of Unification Studies at Sejong. He is a graduate from Grinnell College, Harvard University, and Tsinghua University. He was Pantech Fellow of Stanford University. Currently he is also senior fellow (nonresident) at the Centre for Korean Peninsula Studies at Peking University.