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In US politics, the old rules get older

Could Asia lead the world into a more youthful new age?

From Left: U.S. President Donald Trump, new Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Trump rival Joe Biden are all over 70. Chinese President Xi Jinping, meanwhile, is a mere 67. (Source Reuters and Nikkei)

A Sinologist friend of mine used to have a running joke. On anybody's birthday, no matter how aged or decrepit they seemed, he'd greet them cheerily: "Congratulations! In another 20 years, you'll be ready for the Chinese Politburo!"

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