The APEC Summit: China goes Head-to-Head with US for Dominant Position

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Ben Rhodes, former Adviser to US President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, believes that President Trumps absence at the APEC summit ‘has opened up tremendous opportunities for China to expand its influence.’ ‘Beijing has a historic opportunity to make raids throughout the region during the Trump presidency’ – he added.

For the United States, the situation is also complicated due to the fact that some countries in the Asia-Pacific region have received large loans from China for infrastructure development called non-transparent by American economists. Despite the official agenda, much attention was paid to this issue at the summit.

The US is concerned about China’s growing influence in the region but it seems that for now they don’t intend to do anything.