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US, Asia and the geopolitics of human rights

The promotion of democracy and human rights is on the incoming Democratic White House's agenda but executing it is a different matter

Many Asian nations have found ways to keep US pressure on human rights issues in check.
Many Asian nations have found ways to keep US pressure on human rights issues in check.PHOTO: REUTERS

If Asia's problem with Donald Trump's presidency was his brutally transactional approach to trade and security, could human rights promotion become the new source of friction with US President-elect Joe Biden's Democratic administration?

Although many in Asia worry about the sweeping rhetoric of the Democrats on democracy promotion, realists believe Washington will be under pressure to balance America's human rights concerns against its geopolitical and economic interests.

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