Obama’s Asia-Pacific pivot needs action, not rhetoric, expert says

President Barack Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a private estate in California’s Mojave Desert on Friday, kicking off a weekend of much-needed talks in which the two are expected to discuss trade, human rights, North Korea and building trust between the two nations.

This last part is of most importance, especially after the Defense Department recently announced that the U.S. will be increasing their military focus on Asia and the Pacific. As one would expect, the Chinese see this as a threat to their influence in the Asia-Pacific region.

Political reporter Dmitriy Shapiro spoke with Robert Zarate, policy director at the Foreign Policy Initiative think tank in D.C., to discuss the meeting.


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