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"During the election campaign, Trump claimed that China was “raping” American industry. Since the election, he and senior aides have denounced Chinese policies over trade, North Korea and the South China Sea. As tensions mount, nations in the region must feel able to trust Trump’s judgment and his word. So far, the president has given them little reason to do so. In his meeting with Mr. Xi this week, Mr. Trump needs to send a carefully balanced message — not easy for a president who doesn’t do nuance — to reassure America’s Asian allies that it will stand by them, and stand up to China without taking reckless steps. If the president fails to offer such reassurance, America’s position in Asia will continue to erode."