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Asian states divide into pro-Trump and pro-Biden camps 

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23.11.2020

The 2020 presidential election has not only divided Americans into the pro-Trump and pro-Biden camps, but this division has extended to the Asia-Pacific region.

In an October 31 article, BBC named Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Hong Kong as Trump supporters due to their fear of a potential pro-China Biden administration that will hang them out to dry. India also falls into the camp, although New Delhi is less vocal about its support than other Asian allies.

Pro-Trump camp

Taiwan: The staunchest support for Trump comes from Taiwan. Trump has been the most pro-Taiwan president in U.S. history, and under his administration the island nation has enjoyed upgraded diplomatic status with visits by Cabinet level officials, increased military support from the Pentagon with arms sales, “Fortress Taiwan” strategy, and U.S. Marines arriving in Taiwan for the first time since 1979 when the Carter administration abandoned Taipei in favor of diplomatic recognition of Beijing. Frozen out of the China-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), Taipei also needs a gateway to international trade and is upgrading economic cooperation with the U.S. with a view towards an eventual free trade agreement.

Fearful that a potential Biden administration means a de facto third term Obama presidency that is more conciliatory towards China, Taipei sees Trump as “a big brother we can rely on.” Trump is extremely popular in Taiwan with Taiwanese lawmakers wearing pro-Trump face masks, and last month a Taiwanese public opinion poll found a majority (53%) of Taiwanese support the........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)


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