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US election: Concern in Asia over blunt talk

There are five trends in the region's reactions to the anti-trade and anti-alliance postures adopted by US presidential candidates.

Many Asians are astonished that Mr Sanders and Mr Trump managed to make the anti-trade, especially anti-TPP, position so central to their election campaign, ensnaring even Mrs Clinton into the shared stance.


JUST a month before the US election, the presidential campaign and debates in America have already left enormous and largely negative impacts on US-Asia relations. Asians hold acute and largely negative concerns, and the election's outcome is likely to have an outsized impact