White House Has a New Name for Asia

How does 'Indo-Pacific' sound?
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2017 1:48 PM CDT
President Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Friday.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – President Trump is known for his nicknames, his unusual suggestions for what to call new legislation, and now, perhaps, for rebranding an entire region. As he starts the first leg of his 10-day visit to Asia on Friday, the AP reports that Trump and administration officials are moving away from using the term "Asia-Pacific" to describe the area and instead opting for "Indo-Pacific." In a pre-trip presser, National Security Adviser HR McMaster used the moniker several times, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said it 15 times in a speech two weeks ago, and Trump himself mentioned it during a Wednesday Cabinet meeting. While the AP notes the term has been bandied about in foreign policy circles and among countries like Australia and India, some say it could be meant as a thumb in China's eye—and maybe even an attempt to distance himself from former President Obama, who'd made it a priority to steer foreign policy toward dealings in a 21st-century "Asia-Pacific." More on Trump's trip abroad:

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