U.S. Declassifies Asia Strategy, Showing Trump Admin Sought Allies to Contain China

U.S. Declassifies Asia Strategy, Showing Trump Admin Sought Allies to Contain China


A 2018 strategy document from the National Security Council (NSC), declassified many years ahead of schedule Tuesday, outlined the Trump administration’s strategy for the Indo-Pacific region, including the U.S. strategic framework for containing Chinese ambitions in the region.

Australia’s ABC News theorized that the document, which was not due for declassification until 2043, was made public with such extraordinary speed in an effort to keep American strategy consistent through the next administration:

“This is a highly significant document. It’s extraordinary that it’s been released decades early,” Rory Medcalf, head of the National Security College at ANU, said.

“I think it’s a signal about the kind of continuity that the permanent government of America, or if you like the officials, want to see in America’s relations with the Indo-Pacific, including in managing China’s power.”

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Washington sources familiar with the development of the strategy say Australia had a significant influence on

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