According to Yigal Chazan, a writer for American publication Newsweek, the U.S. has always been reliant on Asia.
He wrote, "This is the American pivot to Asia has been a key pillar of U.S. foreign policy, a means of forming alliances with rapidly-growing emerging markets and containing increasing Chinese assertiveness in the region."
The foreign policy analyst said Trump's isolation strategy might do more harm to the economy. The current president's approach is the exact opposite of his predecessor's, Barack Obama.
Chazan reported that between 2013 and 2015, foreign direct investments with Southeast Asia amounted to $13.6 billion. President Obama even led in creating a regional free trade pact through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (T.P.P).
Trump's first foreign policy decision was to destroy the pact and said that the T.P.P. was a "potential disaster for our country."
In Asia, countries are gearing up investments with China. Thailand's deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan plans to trade to $120 billion by 2020 and to extend a five-year joint economic development plan.
Malaysian Premier Najib Razak signed $34 billion in trade and investment agreements and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sealed commitments from China totaling to $13.5 billion.
China correspondent Matthew Carney wrote, "The Chinese could use their considerable influence worldwide to wage a new Cold War."
"The Chinese could use their considerable influence worldwide to wage a new Cold War," wrote China correspondent Matthew Carney.
The Council of Foreign Relations formed an Independent Task Force to investigate the impact of the relationship between the U.S. and China. Their findings were published in a report.
The report stated, "The Task Force recommends that the United States pursue a strategy focused on the integration of China into the global community and finds that such an approach will best encourage China to act in a way consistent with U.S. interests and international norms."