China and Russia the big winners of US government shutdown

As the partial government shutdown drags on, the political cost is mounting for the White House, and the domestic consequences - from uninspected food to long airport security lines - are accumulating. There is also a widely overlooked problem: The shutdown is taking a toll on United States foreign policy.

With global concerns about the stability of the US government rising and liberal democracy being challenged by capitalist authoritarianism, the shutdown is one more sign of a political dysfunction that America can little afford. 

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 18, 2019, with the headline 'China and Russia the big winners of US govt shutdown'. Print Edition | Subscribe