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Trump's Asia trip shows U.S. at risk of being sidelined in the region's economic future

Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau on

Published in Business News

To date, however, Trump has not matched his tough language with such tough actions.

"So far, although Trump's rhetoric makes it sound like he has a different kind of trade policy, in fact he's doing pretty much what his predecessors did," said Clyde Prestowitz, an Asian economics specialist and former top trade negotiator in the Reagan administration.

In the 1980s, he said, the Reagan White House pressed the Japanese to open up markets in certain sectors, and subsequent administrations have followed a similar tack in China and elsewhere in Asia.

"I think it's more of the same old stuff," Prestowitz said. "By now, the Asians have figured it out. They've realized his bark is worse than his bite."

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