Bolster the U.S. Military Presence in the East and South China Seas
Current Status: In ProgressAs of
"Strengthen our negotiating position by lowering our corporate tax rate to keep American companies and jobs here at home, attacking our debt and deficit so China cannot use financial blackmail against us, and bolstering the U.S. military presence in the East and South China Seas to discourage Chinese adventurism."
- Trump's U.S. - China Trade Relationship Action Plan
Various shows of force have been staged by US naval forces since January 2017, which have been reciprocated by exercises by Chinese forces. Most of these actions have been cyclical, though in March 2018 the US did send a slightly larger force of Marines to Australia as part of an ongoing troop rotation to the region.