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The Obama administration is at a critical turning point. The president is mid-way through this term. He has done some good things in the Indo-Pacific. But it’s time to lay down much clearer markers in the U.S.-China relationship. The president’s team - from the ambassador to China, to the Defense Department, to the State Department, to the National Security Council - is undergoing a massive reshuffle.

Mr. Obama has a once-in-an-administration opportunity to give shape to America’s future in the Indo-Pacific.

c Walter Lohman is director of the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation (