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This news headline caught my attention for this post:
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump-Kushner will be visiting China this fall to lay the groundwork for a subsequent visit by the president
Meanwhile, more than a half-year after the start of the Trump administration, the job of Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia remains vacant.
Noteworthy: People who have occupied that State East Asia position in the past have included prominent Americans like Averill Harriman, Dean Rusk, William Bundy, Philip Habib, Richard Holbrooke, Paul Wolfowitz, Winston Lord, Richard Solomon, Christopher Hill, and Kurt Campbell (most recently).
But, so far in that state position under SOS Tillerson and Trump: Nobody.
America’s allies and friends in Asia, such as Japan and South Korea, are always nervous about a presidential trip to China. They fear secret agreements or understandings. They need to be regularly briefed and reassured that their own interests are being taken into account.
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