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A man reads a newspaper announcing Donald Trump's election victory, Beijing, China, Nov. 10, 2016 (AP photo by Andy Wong).

Where Europeans See Catastrophe in Trump’s Victory, Asians See Chance for Change

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

European and Asian political analysts are reacting quite differently to Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election. Many European public policy intellectuals are deeply worried about the new team in power in Washington and they see the election outcome as a sign of the decline of the liberal international order. Some distinguished Asian thought leaders, in contrast, see an opportunity to build a new order—one in which Asian powers will be more prominent in setting the rules. In any event, the consensus seems to be that the Trump win will result in the further redistribution of power to regional players.

Conversations with a range of Europeans who see themselves as part of the vital trans-Atlantic community that created the postwar order in the late 1940s show that the Trump victory has badly shaken their sense of security, both national and personal. They see the election outcome as accelerating the decline of the liberal international order, which could affect the world economy and the increasingly multicultural societies in which they live. They worry about Trump’s disdain for the postwar alliance system and fear that his approach to Russia creates grave risks to their national security. ...

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