Sheila Smith, VFTP Expert guest and Council on Foreign Relations fellow, reviews President Trump's Asian policy eight months into his term. His approach so far has been reactive, conducted on a bi-lateral basis and is formulated more on his instincts, rather than by debate within his policy circle. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/09/04/whither-trumps-asia-policy/
The US power vacuum in the region is allowing China to ramp up its activities in the South China Sea. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-05/as-world-watches-kim-china-quietly-builds-south-china-sea-clout
A great quote -"Questions that might lead to a debate over US strategic priorities in Asia — such as how should Washington contend with the ever-rising influence of China, how US influence can be leveraged in the service of regional peace and prosperity and how the US can build collective responses to regional economic and military challenges — are simply not being asked in Washington."
as per normal, Sheila has nailed this. The lack of resources in the State Department is alarming and doesn't get the publicity it warrants