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The Obama administration has tried to do this with its Asia policy – and the president's trip there this week is part of it – but progress has been halting and incomplete.Still, for all its problems, the real threat to a serious Asia strategy comes not from the administration but from Congress and the American public. All countries in Asia – as well as the United States – seek stronger and deeper economic ties with China but also want to ensure that the country does not become an expansionist regional bully.There is, however, an important constructive aspect to the Asia policy.Reforming this agency is crucial to America's future global role.This mostly would take power away from Europe, not the United States.After World War II, the U.S. confronted communism but it also built a stable world order by creating many institutions that set global rules and norms and shared power – from the U.N. itself to the IMF and the World Bank.
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