MOSCOW (Sputnik) — If US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump becomes next US president, the main change in the US policy will be departing from confrontation with Russia and shifting attention to the rising power of China in the Asia-Pacific, Nicolas Dhuicq, a member of the French National Assembly's defense committee, told Sputnik.
"Trump believes in the interests of America first. The main difference in Europe would be to limit an excessive reaction on the actions of Russia in Europe and to concentrate on the Pacific area," Dhuicq said.
According to the lawmaker, Trump’s foreign policy will be targeting China’s attempts to take the lead in the global economy.
"Trump is probably rather looking toward the Pacific area and seems to be rather concerned by China's recent acts to be one of the real first powers if not the first," Dhuicq noted.
Trump mentioned on different occasions that if he was elected, he would "instruct the US trade representative to bring trade cases against China, both in this country and at the World Trade Organization." Trump also voiced concern that the US citizens were losing thousands of jobs to China.
On Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi during their New York meeting agreed to expand US-Chinese cooperation and manage the two nations’ differences more constructively.
One issue between the two nations has been US Navy patrols in the South China Sea, parts of which are variously claimed as sovereign territory by China and disputed by US allies, including Vietnam, Malaysia and Taiwan.
Beijing has also criticized US efforts to establish a stronger military presence in South Korea to counter North Korea's nuclear program, including the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense near Seoul.
The United States presidential elections will be held on November 8. The main contenders for the post of the new head of the US administration are Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.