Washington, Nov 11: When US President Dold Trump lands in Manila for the Association of Southeast Asian tions (Asean) summit, his diplomatic mission could not be more urgent. America’s decades-long leadership in Asia faces its most severe test since the end of World War II, with a plethora of security challenges threatening one of the world’s most prosperous regions.
Trump on an uphill mission
Under Trump, the US has suffered a decline in its once deep reservoir of soft power, including as a global champion of democracy and human rights. According to the latest Pew Research Center survey covering 37 countries, global confidence in US leadership declined from an average of 64% under former President Barack Obama to just around 22% under Trump. (Agencies)