WHAT'S NEXT AFTER US POLLS?

Trump may seek trade deal with China

The US flag flying over Chinese shipping containers at the Port of Long Beach in Los Angeles County. Asian countries are watching to see if this week's midterm polls in the US will have an impact of the US-China trade war, among other issues.
The US flag flying over Chinese shipping containers at the Port of Long Beach in Los Angeles County. Asian countries are watching to see if this week's midterm polls in the US will have an impact of the US-China trade war, among other issues.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

China, the Korean Peninsula and Japan are closely watching how the US midterm election results will affect the Trump administration's policies with regard to issues such as trade, security and engagement with North Korea. The Straits Times' correspondents in Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo report.

While the results of the US midterm elections are unlikely to greatly change President Donald Trump's policy towards China, some Chinese experts think he may be forced to seek a diplomatic outcome in the trade war with China.

The Democrats' control of the House of Representatives gives them oversight of the President's domestic policies. So Mr Trump can expect to face greater resistance to any push for more tax cuts or for the US to take on greater debt.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 10, 2018, with the headline 'Trump may seek trade deal with China'. Print Edition | Subscribe