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Season of gridlock ahead, but not for US policy on Asia

Democrats, now in charge of the House, share Trump's views on trade and China. The bigger worry lies not in Congress but within the Cabinet.

The US midterms that took place earlier this month were eagerly anticipated, hotly contested, but ultimately, inconclusive.

For those who spent the last two years writhing in agony at the US President's every tweet and twitch, the elections have indubitably been portrayed as a victory. After all, the House of Representatives did change hands: and let there be no doubt, Democrats will be using their newfound control of the lower chamber to ramp up pressure on the Trump presidency.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 20, 2018, with the headline 'Season of gridlock ahead, but not for US policy on Asia'. Print Edition | Subscribe