"True to his promises of ‘America first,’ Trump withdrew the U.S. from its global leadership commitments, pared down its engagement overseas, and built a wall. He delivered exactly what his voters wanted. But his policy inevitably produced a consequence that U.S. leaders could not accept: China’s rising profile, as it stepped in to fill the leadership vacuum the U.S. left behind,” wrote Yuen Yuen Ang, associate professor of political science and LRCCS faculty member.

South China Morning Post