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Trump likely did Asia a favor by firing Bolton

Washington insiders see chance to devote more energy to China strategy

The departure of John Bolton from the post of U.S. national security adviser could lead to a more balanced Asia policy.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- Asia is bracing for the impact of U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to sack his national security adviser, John Bolton. Many analysts see the departure of the administration's most hawkish foreign policy voice as a negative for Japan, since it could ease pressure on North Korea.

A closer look at Trump's White House, however, suggests the move could be a positive for Asia as a whole, given how it is likely to affect U.S. policy toward China.

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