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America's Waning Influence In East Asia

While Biden desires to preserve the world order, his short-sighted foreign policy decisions are emboldening countries to test America's will and doubt its promises.

President Joe Biden (L) being welcomed by Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) at Alsalam Royal Palace in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on July 15, 2022. (Photo by Royal Court of Saudi Arabia / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

America's stick-first approach of engaging in threats and sanctions has resulted in the country being perceived as a bully. America's 70-year leadership in the Pacific Theater is slowly waning and for evidence, we examine what has happened since President Biden took office.

At the Eastern Economic Forum 2022 in Vladivostok this week, a clever play on Davos's World Economic Forum's name, Russia hosted 58 foreign states, including large delegations from South Korea, China, Japan, and India. The American media ignored the conference, focusing instead on Trump's legal troubles and writing puff pieces about how President Putin is weakening back home.

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