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The dangerous advent of 'diplomacy minus dollars'

Washington cannot watch from the sidelines as rival powers eat into US spheres of influence - a fact of realpolitik escaping most of this year's presidential candidates.

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Supporters of Democrat Hillary Clinton - who is, in fact, more Republican than some of the Republican candidates themselves.

MOST of this year's US presidential candidates reject the extravagant financial diplomacy that has been the defining characteristic of US strategy for ages. They are so averse to Wall Street firms that they are unlikely to use them to promote US foreign policy goals, as in the past.