I think the President was maybe too presidential. If I were in his place, I would have likely flexed America’s might to show that I mean business. But being a superpower of the world and trying to feign friendship with a rival nation isn’t exactly easy, so meh.
I think that America should push China’s influence back. The Communist threat has yet to cease, especially in South East Asia where 40% of the Communist nations in the world are, 80% in East Asia. It is good though that I can list all of those countries on one hand: “Best Korea”, PRC, Vietnam, and Laos. Cuba is the 5th by the way. Anyway, if America can continue to influence this part of the world, then eventually we can win over nations back to Capitalism/Democracy/Freedom/etc. For example, Vietnam is actually actively competing against PRC for control over parts of the South China sea. Showing good nature to the weaker Communist nations and not-at-all-Communist nations to weaken the stronger Communist nations should probably be our strategy. In other words, support the lesser of two evils. It may not be as popular an opinion as it once was, but Communism is inherently evil.It was and is still America’s job to spread freedom to the parts of the world less fortunate to have it. The South China Sea dispute is just a less violent and likely over escalated Bay of Pigs or Berlin. It is a surrogate conflict, and it is in our best interests to come out on top and to have China as weak as possible.