Nov 3, 2017 - Politics & Policy

Trump administration opts for "Indo-Pacific" over "Asia-Pacific"

South Koreans hold banners with pictures of President Trump during a rally welcoming his visit to the country. Photo: Lee Jin-man / AP

For decades, the region stretching from Australia to Asia has been referred to in Washington as as the "Asia-Pacific." "But as Trump prepares for a five-nation Asian tour, White House officials and even the president himself are steering clear of that term and using 'Indo-Pacific' instead," writes AP's AP's Matthew Pennington.

Why it matters: "By using 'Indo-Pacific,' the administration wants to propagate the idea that it's a region that stretches far beyond China's backyard and the tiger economies of East Asia."

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