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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

All eyes on America

All eyes will be on the United States presidential election tomorrow, the result of which could indicate whether the weakened ties between the world’s largest economy and Asia will improve in the next four years or more.

It is true that the winner, whether Joe Biden or Donald Trump, won’t have much time to focus on diplomacy with Asia during his first year given urgent priories at home. Top of the list is how to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic, which is still surging nationwide. Also a priority is reviving an economy ravaged by the pandemic as well as the confusing and unpredictable trade policies of President Trump.

But the US should know by now that Asia is a fast-growing economy and home to many countries, notably China, that have begun to move on after bringing the virus under control. Hopefully, Washington won’t be too late in the game as it vies with with China…

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