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Washington: More than mere lobbying city for Asian nations

The US capital's role as a "global political city" converts it into a power much more responsive to global concerns, argues Kent Calder in Asia in Washington.

In the case of Washington, even within the capital itself there is a "centre" of power and a power "penumbra", says Prof Calder.

WHAT exactly is Washington, DC? The capital city of the United States of America, to be sure, but beyond that it is also the primus inter pares among new types of "global city" that are emerging and whose complex power structures increasingly challenge the role of traditional nation states.