6 Ways Trump Admin Is Confronting an Increasingly Belligerent China

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
By Paul Martin

11 Jul 2017

Since President Donald Trump took the oath of office in January, he has taken a series of actions and used diplomatic channels to put in place many of the China policies he spoke about on the campaign trail, including confronting the nation on trade, North Korea, the South China Sea, and human rights.

Here are six ways the Trump administration has taken action against China, including the president’s tweets about trade:

Strengthened Ties to Japan, South Korea

The U.S., Japan, and South Korea sent a strong message to North Korea in March, dispatching high-tech missile defense ships to the same area where Pyongyang fired four missiles eight days earlier. The display of force was clearly meant towards North Korea, but China has also repeatedly protested any American military presence in the region.

Aegis warships from the U.S., South Korea, and Japan held exercises to improve their capability to shoot down enemy ballistic missiles, the U.S. Navy said in a statement at the time.

The U.S. Navy called the two-day drills “a trilateral missile warning informational link exercise.”

“The exercise will employ tactical data link systems to trade communications, intelligence, and other data among the ships in the exercise,” a statement from the US Navy’s 7th Fleet in Japan said.

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