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Asian leaders underestimate danger of Trump's reelection

US-China conflict would worsen and existing alliances would suffer

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Ties between the U.S. and India could strengthen but it will be a marriage of convenience.   © Reuters

Donald Trump's recent trip to New Delhi helped bind the U.S. and India more closely, as both grapple with how to manage their ties with China. But it marked a more significant milestone too, namely Trump's first Asian visit since his odds of reelection shifted from probable to overwhelmingly likely.

Trump looks set to run against Bernie Sanders. Having faced no primary challenge, and with a roaring economy at his back, his odds of victory are strong. Yet there remains huge complacency across Asia about what his return will mean, both for regional stability and the future of America's system of alliances.

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