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US presidential candidates' isolationist stance sends out dangerous message

Disengagement will upset global prosperity, embolden rivals looking to fill vacuum left by US retreat.

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Supporters of Mr Trump at a rally in Bethpage, New York, on April 6. Like the isolationists of the past, Mr Trump believes that the US is a "poor country" that has no money to finance its global role.

THE leading US presidential candidates, both Republican and Democratic, are driving the US into a shell of global isolationism and protectionism - even at the risk of the US losing its hard-won strategic space abroad to rival powers. On the Republican side, real estate tycoon Donald Trump wants

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