Asia Reacts to the Nominations of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

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On July 19, 2016 and July 26, 2016, respectively, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton officially became their parties' nominees for President of the United States. In addition to coverage of debates, which will appear on separate pages in the Asia Reacts to... series, this page will chronicle how Asian media views the two candidates in the lead up to Election Day. 

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Click on a country to jump down to its specific reactions: Australia, China, India, Japan, MalaysiaPhilippines, South Korea, Thailand


“'Whoever wins the election, we can expect that more will be asked of us. We have been, for many years, saved a lot of money by ­having the alliance with the US. There will be significant increased costs for Australia if Trump is elected, less so under Clinton, but the requirement for Australia to do more in what can be loosely called ‘international ­relations’ will be certainly there.'” - H.E. Andrew Peacock, former Australian ambassador to the United States

H.E. Kim Beazley, former Australian Ambassador to the United States, gives his impressions of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. 

“'I believe there will be continuity in foreign policy from the Obama administration, should it be a Clinton administration. She [Clinton] sees the US as having a global leadership role,” Bishop told the ABC’s Insiders program on Sunday. Candidate Donald Trump does not. He sees the US as having got a raw deal from globalisation and he would focus more on domestic matters. [...] It will be up to our region, including Australia, to persuade a Trump administration to focus on the Asia Pacific.'" - Julie Bishop, Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister

The new Essential poll published on Tuesday found 42% of Australians surveyed nominated Daesh and Islamic radicalisation as the number one threat to international peace and stability when presented with a list of seven options. Second behind the terror threat was a Trump presidency, which was nominated by 21% of the survey as the biggest current security threat."

"'Of course the smutty stuff that came out last week is absolutely reprehensible. But, in the end, the leader of America, the president of the US, is the leader of the free world and whoever that person is, the Australian government needs to work very closely with him or her.'" - Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia

"[This house] agrees with those who have described Mr. Trump as 'a revolting slug' unfit for public office."  - Jeremy Buckingham, Green Party MP of the New South Wales (NSW) Legislative Council

"But it’s not Trump’s looseness with the truth, as appalling as this is, that has leaders like Turnbull so worried. It’s Trump’s cynical play to the self-perceived victims of globalisation — workers insecure about their employment and fearful for their children’s future; workers who haven’t had real wage rises for 30 years. Trump’s populist messages taps the broiling resentments of the white working-class and strikes at the elites’ supposed obsession with internationalism. Though an elite himself, Trump presents himself as the champion of the ordinary man. Trump’s “make America great again” is his eschewing of the elitist obsessions abroad for a new inwardness. [...] Protectionism is anathema to the Pax Americana required by Australia and its neighbours in the face of China’s rise."

"Don't get me wrong: the US remains overwhelmingly the world's most powerful nation, with a remarkable record of bouncing back from setbacks. It's just that for many Americans attracted to Trump – including many who don't usually vote – radical socio-economic change means losing the country they know and love. They complain that false leaders in both major parties – Obama, the Clintons, the Bushes – in cahoots with Wall Street have betrayed them."

"But Hillary is the most secretive and the most gothic presidential candidate since Richard Nixon. Her mantra is cover-up. She is both the most examined and the most secret person in the US. She indulges every cliche of faux self-revelation: “I’m just not that good at taking it easy, even at the best of times”, while obsessively concealing every element of substance about her life that she can. Most Americans don’t trust her and they have every good reason not to trust her. [...] And in Donald Trump she faces the absolute arch promoter of conspiracy theory, the right- wing Oliver Stone of the American sense of menace, a figure who channels an updated version of the John Birch Society (which thought the civil rights movement was an invention of the communists), a politician who offers an elevation of the paranoid style in American politics to an entire way of life."

"A Clinton presidency, with the US pivot to Asia, China’s assertiveness, the tensions on the Korean peninsula, and the problematic TPP, will likely see a strengthening of the Australia-US relationship given the mutual (but not identical) interests of both nations. The vagaries of a Trump presidency may (will?) present challenges for the alliance but its history suggests US and Australian officials will collaborate to manage any turbulence. The alliance remains important to Australian and US interests, so officials on both sides will work assiduously to ensure it will endure. Australian and US geo-strategic interests and the strength and depth of the economic and educational links between the two nations suggest the alliance and broader relationship will continue to grow."

“This symbolises to me a retreat from the region by the US ... Without the TPP, it’s hard to see a forward-looking US agenda.Without the TPP and some action on the reversal on US trade deficits in Asia, one would think that ‘Trump-like thinking’ would continue to increase in the US and more and more Americans will say ‘Why are we making these sec­urity commitments in Asia?’ ” - Michael Wesley, Director, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Studies, Australian National University

"Should Trump win, there will be immense responsibilities on us. Almost exclusively our trade and security arrangements have missed his widely-swung sabre. But that sabre slices into trade and security arrangements which have been critical for our prosperity and security. There will be plenty in our zone who will have things to say to him, and at least his Vice President would be listening—Trump is unlikely to listen to them. When he’s briefed on the depth of our relationship and the massive character of our mutual investment, which far exceeds any American pairing in the region outside Japan, he might listen to us. The ensuing discussion will be tough." 

"We'd be in the peculiar position, as Australians -- an ally and treaty partner of the United States -- of watching a President Trump unravel arrangements that have been considered vital to avoiding nuclear exchanges in the region in which we live and it would really challenge us." - Bob Carr, Former Australian Foreign Minister


"'Hillary Clinton is the known 'devil' - someone China has extensive experience dealing with; Donald Trump is the unpredictable naughty one, potentially causing unbelievable damage to the current world system. On the economic side, the difference is even more alarming," Liu argued. "A Trump victory and the corresponding anti-globalization theme will greatly harm China's already slowing economy. China's prosperity still greatly depends on trade, and anti-trade is one of Trump's central themes.'" - Liu Tianyuan, University of Texas-Austin

"'Actually, I don't really care about the election. There is nothing we can do about the result. In terms of their policies toward China, I think no matter what they said in the campaign, it still takes a long time to get plans realized," he said. "China is now a super nation that the US would not easily neglect or offend it.'" - Du Hui, Pratt Institute in New York

"The survey also found that Hillary Clinton is better liked than Donald Trump in China, where the U.S. presidential election — and the criticisms both candidates have made of Chinese policy — have generated intense attention. Clinton was seen favorably by 37 percent of respondents, while just 22 percent saw Trump favorably. At the same time, 35 percent of respondents saw Clinton unfavorably, while 40 percent had an unfavorable impression of Trump."

"Neither of the candidates made clear their approach and positions on Tibet issues, such as their political stand on Tibet, human rights including language freedom, and cultural genocide in Tibet. Do they value the lives of Tibetans in Tibet? Or simply put, do they value our votes in the election? [The author is Tibetan-American]."

"Such cases have proven that China-U.S. ties are unlikely to be affected in an extreme way no matter who the next president is. Every serving U.S. president understands that cooperation with China is in the interest of the U.S. Thus, after nearly 40 years of friendship between the two countries, China-U.S. ties are too resilient to be overturned by a single individual, even if that individual is president of the United States."

"China and the US share a lot in common on fighting terrorism and Trump's policy seems to shift from the present focus on competition between major powers, which mainly targets China to anti-terrorism." - Xin Qiang, Deputy Director, Center for US Studies, Fudan University

"Moreover, the US cannot afford to bear the high cost of imposing additional tariffs on Chinese products. China has already lamented the existing US trade restrictions and would definitely not accept a move to levy extra taxes on Chinese exports. It is also quite probable that China would hit back if this tax levy option becomes a reality, a move that China has sufficient means to do so given its economic strength. Any meager benefit the US would gain from imposing further tariffs on China would not offset any greater economic consequence that comes with it. More importantly, levying extra tariffs cannot fundamentally reverse the huge trade deficit the US currently has with China. Americans used to believe that the low exchange rate of the yuan was the culprit behind the US trade deficit with China. But now Americans know that appreciation of the yuan does not change the situation. In the era of globalization, the US trade deficit with China is a reflection of its trade deficit with the rest of the world. If the US is not committed to adjusting its own economic structure, its economic relations with the rest of the world will not change and the trade structure between the US and China will remain the same."

"By scapegoating China and global free trade for lackluster economic performance, Trump and his team betrayed the Republicans' traditional endorsement of unrestricted trade. In a freakish coincidence, Trump shared a similar view with his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton that Washington shall pursue myopic and poisonous protectionism and "stand up to China" to make up for lost ground. [...] Meanwhile, lashing out at China for U.S. economic frustrations has proven futile. Ironically, the U.S. middle and working classes, to whom Trump and Hillary have been eager to pander, would become the first to take the hit of U.S. trade barriers against China."


"Irrespective of the change in leadership, relations between India and the U.S. are strong enough to weather through personal discretions of the U.S. President. Politicians often develop selective amnesia about previous statements — consider for example, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visa ban and deplorement by several U.S. politicians (including Hillary Clinton) until he became the strongman of Indian foreign policy in 2014. Therefore, it is unlikely that either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton can drastically change the tone of engagement with India. On the other hand, let us not allow a decade of friendly relations to discount changing geopolitics. India and America might be forced to part ways from their current state of ‘natural allies’. While the foreign policy may differ from the lines of the Obama administration, we cannot attribute this change to the leader at the helm alone."

"The third key area in the India-US relationship is t echnology. Hillary and Trump will both encourage greater technological cooperation between the two countries. But there is a caveat. Trump will be more amenable to transferring advanced military technology to India. The Republicans, since the George W. Bush presidency, have sought closer technological cooperation, including on nuclear technology, with India. It was Bush who pushed the India-US nuclear civil agreement through US Congress. The Democrats under Obama have been dragging their feet over operationalising the agreement, especially over the liability clause. Hillary will hew to the traditionally cautious Democratic line on technology transfer, especially military. Trump will go further than even Bush did."

"From April 2015 to March 2016, Obama gave the most sophisticated military hardware worth $ 1.62 Billion to Pakistan despite strong opposition from some American lawmakers and India. In sharp contrast, Republican Presidents are more friendly towards India. Democrats have never given anything of significance to India; rather they are pro-Pakistan. Hillary's husband Bill Clinton himself visited India only near the end of seventh year of his presidency to enjoy camel and elephant rides, sightseeing and authentic Indian cuisines, all of this paid for by Indians. [...] Trump is anti-Pakistan and pro-India. Trump is for legal immigration and he wants to simplify rules for family immigration visas. Moreover, he wants to help those who come to America from India for professional studies in prestigious universities as students and give them green cards. On top of that, Trump is not financed by either the Israeli or the Saudi lobby or arms companies or defense contractors or the Wall Street or the billionaires club."

"Between the two, Hillary Clinton is seen as more favorable for India. A poll by the Pew Research Center released in June had found that 28% of Indians had confidence in Clinton’s ability to handle world affairs, while 16% did not. In comparison, only 14% had confidence in Trump in contrast to 18% who did not."

A panel of Indian experts weighs in on how the outcome of the 2016 US elections will affect India and US policy towards India.

"There is no question that leaders worldwide have a certain comfort level with Ms. Clinton, given her years at the helm of the State Department, and as First Lady before that. In contrast, Mr. Trump was an “unknown unknown” till just a year ago in the context of international relations, and his thoughts, some of which seem absurd, require much more engagement in order to be fully understood. [...] Ms. Clinton has seen too closely the high cost of interventionism to contemplate another Iraq- or even Libya-type operation in the near future. Similarly, on Mexico Mr. Trump may find, much like Prime Minister Narendra Modi found with Bangladesh, that ties with neighbours are actually much more beneficial than when they are simply boiled down to issues of illegal immigration and trans-border crime."


"Not surprisingly, the  [Pew Research Center] survey [conducted in April and May 2016] showed a clear preference among Japanese for Clinton. While just 11 percent of respondents had a lot of confidence in Clinton to do the right thing regarding world affairs, 59 percent expressed at least some confidence. In contrast, just 2 percent of the Japanese surveyed had a lot of confidence in Trump, while 82 percent expressed little or no confidence at all in him as a global leader." 


"While Americans remain undecided over their next president, Malaysians who have been following the upcoming US presidential election are mostly out for Hillary Clinton. A survey among Malaysians conducted by KAJIDATA Research found 86.8 per cent of the respondents viewing Democrats' Clinton as the better choice for America compared with the Republicans' Donald Trump."


"Whether it is Clinton or Trump in the White House, the US will have to be patient with Duterte even as the superpower applies the usual carrot-and-stick technique often brought to bear on stubborn leaders of modest economies. It would be disastrous for the US to dismiss Duterte as a budding adversary. It must regard him as a potential friend and act accordingly – and quickly. Pulling out investments, limiting imports, freezing foreign aid and military assistance, etc., would just push him faster to the waiting arms of China and Russia. With its more than half-century presence in the country, the US is not wanting of friends who can help reach Duterte."

“'Either of the two candidates we’re quite familiar with both of them. I think we’ll have, not only an access, but a good dialogue with them. I expect our business relations with them will continue to be as robust as before… We look forward to a very exciting, continuous relationship with our brothers from America." - Jose Antonio, Philippines' Special Envoy for Trade, Investment and Economic Affairs

"For the Philippines, whether it is Clinton or Trump, the determination of the Duterte administration to forge an independent foreign policy will mean less interaction with the new US administration. The strong ties between the American people and the Filipino people strengthened by the presence of around 4 million Fil-Ams will remain but official relationships will weaken as the Duterte administration seeks new allies. In the end, will it really matter who wins if the Duterte administration does not consider the USA as a major foreign player in Philippine economy and defense?"

"The winner in the November 8 US presidential elections will undoubtedly have an impact on the lives of the four million US-based Filipinos and consequently, US-Philippine relations. A Trump win would be bad for the Philippines. He said he will put an immigration ban on countries like the Philippines because of its “history of terrorism.” The BPO industry could also be affected with his promise to “bring jobs back to Americans.” In terms of security, Trump would focus more on the ISIS threat and less on the Asia Pacific region – even saying he will make allies like the Philippines pay up for security upkeep. With the way both President Duterte and Donald Trump sound, you can already see a potential 'fistfight.' A Hillary Clinton win, on the other hand would be good for the Philippines for varying reasons. Having visited the country several times – both as First Lady and State Secretary – she has developed strong connections with Filipinos. By the way, outgoing US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg, a high-ranking career diplomat, is very close to Hilary Clinton, having worked with her for many years. Philip is expected to be working closely with Clinton if and when she wins."

"My take on this is that a Democratic victory shall redound more to the advantage of our country and people. A win for Trump will mean difficult times for Filipinos, both in the US and those still aspiring to migrate to the land of the free and the home of the brave. Donald Trump has once called the Philippines as a nation of illegal immigrants, trouble-makers and other derogatory remark against our nation and people. He is abrasively against all colored migrants, equating the Filipinos to Mexicans whom he called rapists, criminals, and other very unsavory names. Thus, a Trump victory will close the doors to Filipino applicants for immigrant visas, hundreds of thousands who have waited for decades to be called by the US embassy."

“Considering his major real estate ‘brand’ investment in the Philippines’ financial capital called Trump Tower, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump unfortunately mentioned the Philippines in an anti-immigration speech in a political rally in Portland, Maine. In fact, Mr. Trump has even professed his love for the Philippines during the launch of his 57-storey luxury apartment in Makati. He did say, “I’ve always loved the Philippines. I think it is just a special place and Manila is one of Asia’s most spectacular cities. I know that this project (Trump Tower) will be second to none. Let it be known that the Philippines and the Filipino people stand in solidarity with other peace-loving countries and individuals in fighting and opposing terrorism in all its forms." - Martin Andanar, Philippines' Communications Secretary

"This comes from a long line of pronouncements where he has demonstrated an unrepentantly negative, dysfunctionally nativist, aggressively adversarial attitude towards immigrants in the USA where he aspires to be the leader, and thus could be in a position to influence policies affecting 4 million population of Filipino descent, according to the US State Department, the second largest population of Asian Americans [...] Because of his current stature as a candidate of a major political party for President of the most powerful country of the world, his remarks have had widespread dissemination, thus aggravating the shame it has already put Filipinos and Filipino Muslims, including Filipino migrants and overseas Filipino workers who this House and our society have recognized as modern heroes of our country." - Joey Salceda, Albay 2nd District Representative, Philippines

To view the House Resolution that Congressman Salceda filed, click here

"But there was no outcry from Philippine officials or civil society that this bigoted policy [Trump's call to ban Muslims from entering the United States] would harm the 15 percent of the Philippine population that is Muslim. Were Filipino Christians willing to throw their Muslim brothers and sisters under the Trump bus?[...] So if Trump is elected president, Philippine tourists may be barred from entering the US even for those with US relatives who are diehard Republicans who voted for Trump. Filipinos don’t even have to be Muslim to be barred from entry as long as the Philippines is deemed a country 'compromised by terrorism.'  The rest of the Philippines would now be included along with the 15 percent Muslim that would be thrown under the Trump bus. United at last."

"The threat to the Philippines lies in Trump’s pledge to bring back American jobs, which would threaten the Philippines’ fast-growing business process outsourcing industry which now caters mostly to American companies. Most of the Philippines’ overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) – 35 percent – are also in the US and the money they send home make up 31 percent of total remittances, a principal source of the country’s foreign exchange."

"In sum, Clinton, is the more hawkish candidate, and so most likely to continue current US policy in the Asia-Pacific region. Under her, American treaty obligations with the Philippines are not likely to change. Trump, on the other hand, comes across as a neo-isolationist who seems to take treaty obligations lightly. With Trump as president, we can expect a more volatile and unpredictable US policy in Asia, something that China may actually benefit from."


"In late June, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) said in a report that the Korea deal has been good for American interests, saying the agreement is estimated to have improved bilateral merchandise trade balances by $15.8 billion last year. That means that had it not been for the deal, the U.S. trade deficits would have been larger." 


"Politics is also the art of being able to rule despite being hated by a sizeable number of people. The bigger the number of haters, the greater the leader one can be. This truth is most resounding in Thailand, but the United States is emerging a close second thanks to Trump. Half of Americans not only hate him, but are also terrified at the thought of him having nuclear launch codes at his fingertips. This means he will do more than just fine in Thailand."

Click on a country to jump down to its specific reactions: Australia, China, India, IndonesiaJapan, MalaysiaNew Zealand, North Korea Pan-Asian ViewsSingapore, South Korea 


"For 77% of Australian adults, Hillary Clinton is the preferred US President, with only 11% saying they would prefer Donald Trump. Most Australians (84%) say Hillary Clinton would do a better job of handling US foreign policy. Only 10% prefer Donald Trump for handling US foreign policy. Further, nearly six in ten Australians (59%) say they would be less likely to support Australia 'taking future miltary action in coalition with the US under Donald Trump.'" 

"Now it appears as if we are irretrievably bound up in the fate of America, like a vassal state tied to a tottering Roman empire." 

"The Republican Party has stood for being the national party...of America's defence, of liberal internationalism [...] And Trump has completely sidelined all of that. He's committed to trade conflict and high levels of protectionism. His appeal is fundamentally to a strain of thinking that has always been there in the United States but always associated with the Left. This is the revolt of the deeply disenchanted white working class and the disenchanted across the board." - H.E. Kim Beazley, former Australian Ambassador to the United States 

"I think it is absolutely in our national interest to redefine the terms of our alliance and not to commit troops blindly to international conflicts in the way we have done in the past. We are the only country that's followed the US into every international conflict since World War II, including some major strategic blunders. I think the sign of a mature relationship is one where you can stand up to a partner and tell them when you think they have got it wrong." - Senator Richard Di Natale, Greens Leader 

"Trump has been making all sorts of belligerent noises about raising a tariff wall against Chinese imports and forcing trade negotiations that would swiftly improve the US's now lopsided balance of payments with China. One way or another, that has the capacity to slaughter our trade with China. If Trump means what he says about a return to US protectionism, our growth and jobs will be greatly affected." 

Australian experts weigh in on whether or not a Donald Trump presidency would negatively affect Australia and US-Australian relations. 

"Weakened US alliances and a trade war would be pretty disastrous for Australia. So what could we do about it? The first thing would be to try to persuade a Trump administration not to take these actions, or to take the mildest versions of them it could manage. [...] We certainly won't be able to do anything if our governmetn joins in a global liberal jihad of Trump bashing. [...] Governments, and those who aspire to lead governments, must be much more careful in the way they speak because they will need to build relationships to protect Australian interests." 

"It's easy politics for Shorten to take a potshot at Trump by calling him 'barking mad.' It plays well to Labor's perpetually outraged green-left flank but it reveals the alternative prime minister's refusal to acknowledge the reasons for Trump's success. And by claiming that mainstream Australians wouldn't agree with Trump's views, Shorten also refuses to understand many among Labor's traditional but dwindling working class base." 

"Our relationship has withstood many years and would withstand a Trump presidency as well. [...] We make our own judgments in Australia's best interests at the end of the day." - Tanya Plibersek, Deputy Leader, Labor Party

"Lowy Institute polling indicates that nearly half of Australians would like Canberra to distance itself from Washington if Trump were elected president. This is a striking result given that support for the US alliance is one of the most consistent results in the history of our polling." 

"Whoever Americans elect we'll deal with, but there's no doubt in my mind that Trump would be very deal with, but Australia, we will stick to the American alliance full stop." - Bill Shorten, Opposition Leader, Australia

"We'd have to think further about how to get closer to Japan, redouble our efforts with Indonesia and other parts of the network of relationships that we have. For us, a world without the US alliance would be much more difficult and expensive. We have the sovereign capability to bolt submarines together, for example, but for 90 per cent of the weapons systems and sensors there's a trail back to the US. Some of our frontline capability would completely go." - Peter Jennings, Executive Director, Australian Strategic Policy Institute 

"Because were Trump [...] to be elected the impact on America's positioning on global trade would be disastrous." - H.E. Kim Beazley, former Australian Ambassador to the United States 

"The income inequality is a big issue in the United States. We have a much more equality in incomes in Australia because we have a much better targeted social welfare system in Australia, but there are a lot of tensions there and I think support of Trump is clearly evidence of that." - Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia 

"Pity the unfortunate bureaucrat who is preparing contingency plans for Australia's reactions to a Trump presidency. But, even under Clinton, the US is likely to become less willing to extend itself militarily and far more sceptical of free-trade agreements." 

"But in a striking new Lowy Institute poll result, almost half (45 per cent) of adult Australians say Australia should 'distance itself from the United States if it elects a president like Donald Trump.'"

"A retreat from Asia under Trump would leave Australia accepting the inevitability of a bigger Chinese role in south-east Asia[...]a still more muscular policy on the South China Sea under a President Kasich or Cruz could see a Turnbull Government urging some worldly caution on an excitable ally. Australian policymakers would be most comfortable with a President Clinton [... who would] maintain the pivot, be visible in south-east Asia, engage with China."

Former Australian ambassador to the United States states Donald Trump would have to reverse his policy positions "180 degrees if you're actually going to achieve the sort of outcomes that best suit American policy goals and standing in the world and provide the sort of assurances American allies would like." 

"It is hardly surprising that Trump's comments resuscitate old fears among America's Asian partners. [...] Memories of the Nixon doctrine, the eventual abandonment of South Vietnam, the 'shock' of the American opening to China and the cutting of official ties to Taiwan all jostle with Washington's frequent protestations that it is in Asia for the long haul."


"That's because the Republican Party is more practical and Trump is a businessman who puts his commercial interests above everything else." - Wu Jun, political commentator, Hong Kong Phoenix Television

Eight Chinese scholars debate how Donald Trump will influence the US-China relationship given the likelihood of his nomination. 

China's Finance Minister states that if the United States follows Donald Trump's proposed trade policies against China it "wouldn't be entitled to world leadership." 

Online poll reveals that Chinese netizens have mixed feelings regarding Donald Trump and his candidacy. 

Commentary in major Chinese newspaper warns the United States of the racist undertones of Donald Trump's candidacy. 


"Ultimately, it's a matter of who blinks first, and if Trump does not, China has probably more to lose, given that it is the beneficiary of a huge trade surplus, and its manufacturing industries would be devastated, resulting in massive unemployment and social unrest from a huge restive population which has middle-class aspirations." 

"Asia should expect even Clinton to waver on, and rethink, the 'pivot to Asia.' For, just as there have been strengths, there are today more weaknesses in American exceptionalism. [...] The time is nigh for Asia [...] to carry more of its own military can." 


 "The feedback, from talking to American politicians and Indian diaspora, was unanimous. That Trump, despite the upswing in India-US relations during the Republican administration of George W Bush from 2000 to 2008, cannot be supported because of his anti-immigration stance and xenophobic statements."  

"India is in a fortunate place. We enjoy bi-partisan support among republicans and democrats. Whoever is elected [as president in the United States] the policy would be to seek better relations with India." - H.E. Meera Shankar, former Indian ambassador to the United States 

Analyst details potential adverse effects of a Trump administration, namely trade and immigration policies. 

Analysis of Indian supporters of Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Bernie Sanders. 

"Donald Trump doesn't want you to come to his country. Fine, don't go. Donald Trump wants 'Make in USA.' How is that different from 'Make in India.' He says the US owes 419 trillion and it needs a businessman to bring it back. Aren't we doing much the same chasing hidden bank accounts." 

Members of Parliament (MPs) across the political spectrum in India stand united behind their dislike for Donald Trump. 

Panel of Indian experts weighs in on whether a Trump presidency or Clinton presidency would be better for India and US-India relations. 

Editorial staff weighs in on Donald Trump's proposed economic and domestic policies that would negatively affect not only the United States but also India. 

Profile of three Indians currently working and living in the United States and their personal views of Donald Trump.

Experts in India weigh in on which presidential candidate would have India's best interests in mind should they gain office. 


Any country, especially big countries, seen making policies about 'radicalism' or discrimination according to religion will be a bad issue. [...] Of course there will be an impact, not for Indonesia, but for his business [Trump's involvement in resorts in Indonesia]." - Jusuf Kalla, Vice President of Indonesia 


Japanese officials weigh in on Hillary Clinton's presumptive nomination as the Democratic candidate for President of the United States. 

"Mind you, the Japanese followed the 2008 election with tremendous interest. They seemed to look on the rise of Barack Obama [...] as a symbol of the great things of which the United States was still capable. Their attitude toward the 2016 election, featuring the rise of Donald Trump and Trumpism, is more akin to the fascination of witnessing a train wreck: an America preparing to burn its bridges and sever ties with the rest of the world." 

"In the U.S., the Trump phenomenon threatens to weaken the domestic political base supporting the open, liberal and cooperative international order, which is rooted in a 'free, non-discriminatory, multilateral' trade structure and the principle of 'freedom of navigation.' This will prove to be a serious challenge for Japan, and for the Japan-U.S. alliance. In modern times, Japan has always prospered under the conditions of a liberal and cooperative international order." 

Members of the Japanese government and Japanese citizens express their surprise that Donald Trump has made it this far in the 2016 US presidential election. 

"Diplomacy is a highly professional field. Clinton is a better candidate who can create a team that can work on the Japan-U.S. alliance and the security issues with her experience in diplomacy."

"The Global Times, a pro-government newspaper owned by the People's Daily, published two editorial articles about Trump in March, comparing his to past dicators such as Adolf Hitler. [...] However, the criticism is aimed not a Trump himself but at the adverse effects of the election system and democracy, which is unable to stop Trump."

Political cartoon highlights the absurdity and futility of Donald Trump's plan to build a wall to prevent illegal immigration from Mexico, likening it to walls in Attack on Titan which did not prevent Titans from attacking a village. 


 "For me, it is not so much about his [Donald Trump's] policies, but more about the people that emerged from this whole mess. Now, it is perfectly okay to declare your love for Trump, while at the same time implying that you support all of his xenophobic claims. That to me is much more worrying than Trump himself." - Farhana Hasni, currently living in Fullerton, California 


"New Zealanders would be most unwise to take the prospect of an upset Trump victory lightly. Our country's two most important economic and foreign policy goals: continued open access to the Chinese market under the China-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement; and steadily improving access to the US and Japanese markets under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would both be threatened by a Trump presidency." 

"He'll have to be told where New Zealand is. In contrast to other candidates he has zero knowledge of things in this part of the world. He will ignore New Zealand unless one of his advisers brings it to his attention." - Stephen Hoadley, Associate Professor, University of Auckland

 New Zealand Prime Minister states that if Donald Trump is elected he would ultimately support the Trans-Pacific Partnership. 

New Zealand Prime Minister warns United States to not isolate itself and support the Trans-Pacific Partnership to maintain its primacy in Asian economic markets. 


"In the lengthy column, Trump is described as a 'wise politician and presidential candidate with foresight' for his comments about the U.S. potentially withdrawing its troops from South Korea if Seoul doesn't bear the costs." 

"It is up to the decision of my Supreme Leader whether he decides to meet or not, but I think his [Trump's] idea or talk is nonsense. It's for utilisation of the presidential election, that's all. A kind of propaganda or advertisement. This is useless, just a gesture for the presidential election." - H.E. So Se Pyong, North Korea's ambassador to the UN 


Interviews with citizens of Tokyo, Japan, Beijing, China, and New Dehli, India on their impressions of the presidential candidates and the future of bilateral relations with the United States. 

Experts from across Asia express their views on Donald Trump's seemingly inevitable nomination as the Republican presidential candidate following his win in Indiana.


Angered by comments Donald Trump has made about Muslims, officials in Indonesia and Malaysia call for Americans to vote for Hillary Clinton. 

Many in Asia concerned over Donald Trump's rhetoric regarding the United States' alliances with Japan and South Korea and denouncement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.


English language television news station profiles the scenarios facing South Korea depending on who is elected the next President of the United States. 

"A military alliance is a scared affair that requires the sacrifice of thousands of lives as partners strive to fulfill the promise of mutual defense. To break off an alliance merely over the question of financial cost-based on false logic- amounts to massive irresponsibility." 

Analysis of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's leadership styles towards the Koreas should they be elected president. 

Profile of the expenses that South Korea pays to house US troops stationed in the country in contrast to Donald Trump's remarks that South Korea does not pay enough. 

"Although Trump's exaggerated statements are generally lacking in specifics of how he would carry them out, he has repeated the same provocative lines so many times and so often that anyone interested in U.S. foreign policy, including U.S. allies and foes alike, has become more serious about what the Republican nominee really means." 

"There's no way of knowing now whether Trump will win the presidency. Even if elected, he may not implement all of the policies he has described. Regardless, there is a clear trend visible here: the US is finding itself increasingly hard-pressed defending its hegemony in a multi-polar world, and its political stability is being rattled by demographic changes." 

"Trump is all about profit first and everything else second, including diplomacy, and he is unlikely to care about a nuclear arms race in the region as long [as] he thinks it can save money for the U.S." - Park Won-gon, Professor, International Relations, Handong University 

Analysis of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton's campaign policy stances on the US-South Korea alliance and predictions as to how they would act as president. 

Major Korean newspaper criticizes Donald Trump as "ignorant of foreign policy" after comments about a potential war with North Korea. 

"I think any reasonable person with an ability to sustain basic life functions would be against Trump. He is a bold, smart man, exploiting the secret, unspoken, politically incorrect views that Caucasians must harbor against minorities. Otherwise, Trump would not have come this far." - anonymous Korean-American voter in San Francisco 

"I believe that in the end, no matter who gets into the White House, the underlying trend of China-U.S. trends will not change." - Li Keqiang, Premier, People's Republic of China 


"For Southeast Asia, a Trump presidency would be confrontational towards China but not in a way to reengage and renew ties with the US's partners and allies in the region. Tensions between Washington and Beijing would rise on a bilateral and trade-driven basis but China's growing dominance in Southeast Asia would remain unchecked by the US. The US's emphasis on human rights and democracy in developing Asia is likely to be given a lower priority, and political regimes in the region, whether democratic or authoritarian, would be left to their own devices. [...] For Thailand, a Clinton presidency would broadly see continuing friction much as was the case under President Obama. The US would keep calling for elections, democracy and human rights protection. But in view of regional setbacks to US interests where the Philippines and Malaysia (following in post-coup Thailand's footsteps) have cosied up to Beijing, there is a chance of a regional recalibration in Washington to bite the bullet and elevate America's interests over values. If so, Thai-US ties may become more nuanced and dynamic in a more cooperative manner, especially if Thailand proceeds to the polls and restores a semblance of democratic legitimacy."

Additional Topics in the Asia Reacts to... Series

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's Trip to India and the Philippines
Secretary of State John Kerry's Historic Visit to Hiroshima
Donald Trump's Comments on Possible Nuclear Armament of Japan and South Korea
Donald Trump's First Foreign Policy Speech
 President Barack Obama's First Visit to Vietnam
 President Barack Obama's Historic Visit to Hiroshima
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Fourth Visit to the United States
Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Deployment
 2016 Democratic and Republican National Conventions
President Barack Obama's Final Trip to Asia
First Presidential Debate of the 2016 US Election 
Second Presidential Debate of the 2016 US Election 
Final Presidential Debate of the 2016 US Election
 Election of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States
President-Elect Donald Trump's Talks with Asian Leaders 
The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump
President Donald Trump's Executive Order on the Trans-Pacific Partnership  
 US Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord
 President Donald Trump's First Visit to Asia

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