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Put his campaign rhetoric, tweets and appointments all together, and we're getting a sense of American foreign policy under Donald Trump. The president-elect has consistently signaled that he wants to be accommodating toward Russia and get tough on China. Romney famously said in 2012 that Russia was America's "No. 1 geopolitical foe".Obama's rationale for contradicting Romney was that Russia was a "regional power," one in economic decline. But under Putin, Russia has found a way to assert itself geopolitically, despite its economic weakness. In 1990, China was less than 2 percent of global GDP; today it is about 15 percent (almost 10 times Russia's share).Its foreign reserves total over $3 trillion, about eight times Russia's.Many people had assumed that, given this enormous arsenal of strength, China would begin to assert itself geopolitically. It also has far greater capacity to engage in asymmetrical attacks using cyber operations than does Russia.
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