US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in Tokyo on October 6. Indo-Pacific democracies have strengthened their cooperation, with Quad members coordinating more naval exercises as well as their pandemic responses. Photo: AP/Bloomberg US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in Tokyo on October 6. Indo-Pacific democracies have strengthened their cooperation, with Quad members coordinating more naval exercises as well as their pandemic responses. Photo: AP/Bloomberg
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in Tokyo on October 6. Indo-Pacific democracies have strengthened their cooperation, with Quad members coordinating more naval exercises as well as their pandemic responses. Photo: AP/Bloomberg
Rob York
Opinion

Opinion

Rob York

On the contrary, the Trump years have strengthened US-led international liberalism

  • US policy on China and Taiwan is now much clearer, Quad allies have drawn closer, the Korean peninsula status quo has been vindicated – and John Bolton has been politically neutered

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in Tokyo on October 6. Indo-Pacific democracies have strengthened their cooperation, with Quad members coordinating more naval exercises as well as their pandemic responses. Photo: AP/Bloomberg US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in Tokyo on October 6. Indo-Pacific democracies have strengthened their cooperation, with Quad members coordinating more naval exercises as well as their pandemic responses. Photo: AP/Bloomberg
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in Tokyo on October 6. Indo-Pacific democracies have strengthened their cooperation, with Quad members coordinating more naval exercises as well as their pandemic responses. Photo: AP/Bloomberg
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Rob York

Rob York

Rob York is program director for regional affairs at the Pacific Forum. Before joining the Pacific Forum, he worked as a production editor at the South China Morning Post and as chief editor of NK News.