Trump regime and the American Asia-Pacific rebalancing strategy

ZHANG Yuguo1

(1.Northeast Asian Studies College of Jilin University)

【Abstract】How Trump regime will change America’s Asia-Pacific rebalancing strategy has become the touchstone of American grand strategy. From the “Trump phenomenon,” the American isolationist trend indicates that America’s hegemonic thinking is changing. However, changes do not mean America’s strategic contraction. From the “Trump shock,” some new understanding and changes can be illustrated from the thinking pattern, consideration of strategic priority and approach of regional order in America’s Asia-Pacific policy. These new understanding and changes objectively determine that Trump will shift and remodel the Asia-Pacific rebalancing strategy. Overall, Trump regime’s adjustment is not just a simple revolution of the management pattern of Asia-Pacific area, but also a transition or diversion of America’s hegemonic logic and strategic conception.

【Keywords】 Trump regime; Trump phenomenon; Trump shock; Asia-Pacific rebalancing strategy; Trumpism; Strategic regulation; selective intervention;


【Funds】 Supported by Key Project of Humanities and Social Science Key Research Base of Ministry of Education (16JJDGJW006) Key Project of Humanities and Social Science Key Research Base of Ministry of Education (14JJD810014) National Social Science Foundation (14BGJ005)

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CN: 22-1180/C

Vol 26, No. 02, Pages 13-24+127

March 2017


Article Outline


  • 1 “Trump phenomenon”: return and revival of American isolationism
  • 2“Trump shock” and transition of US Asia-Pacific policy
  • 3 Asia-Pacific rebalancing strategy and Trump regime’s choice
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