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By Fareed Zakaria
For all its problems, the real threat to a serious Asia strategy comes not from the administration but from Congress and maybe the American public. In fact, the difficulties in the execution of the Asian pivot raise the broader question – can America have a grand strategy today?
Obama's basic approach is wise, and is in many ways a continuation of U.S. foreign policy since Bill Clinton's presidency, including George W Bush.
On the diplomatic front, it has two elements – deterrence and engagement.All countries in Asia, as well as the United States, seek stronger and deeper economic ties with China and want to ensure that that country does not become an expansionist regional bully.
Now, getting the balance between those two elements, engagement and deterrence, is hard to do and easy to criticize. There is, however, a broader aspect to Asia policy, one that is constructive. At the center of this is the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
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