US presidential election: Trump, Biden and the stakes for Asia

Their foreign policies differ, but the reality in the region will stay the same, whoever wins


As the United States barrels towards one of the most consequential elections in its modern history, more is at stake for the world than a single country's future.

From the barrios of El Salvador to the fishing villages that rim the South China Sea, the ramifications of the US presidential election in November will be felt across the planet - but arguably nowhere more so than in Asia, where governments from Taiwan and Japan to India and Indonesia have felt the long reach of a rising China.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 02, 2020, with the headline 'Trump, Biden and the stakes for Asia'. Subscribe