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Asia fears Trump doubling down on trade war after mixed midterms

US Republicans block Democratic sweep to retain the Senate

Experts warn that Tuesday's outcome could embolden Trump to harden his stance on China.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- U.S. President Donald Trump's Republican Party fended off Democratic challengers to keep its Senate majority in the U.S. midterm elections Tuesday, an outcome that would enable him to keep up, or even intensify, his hard-line stance against China on trade.

"It was a big day yesterday. Incredible day," Trump told reporters at a White House press conference on Wednesday. Talking about his campaign rallies, where he repeatedly emphasized his "America First" stance, the president said, "This vigorous campaigning stopped the blue wave that they talked about. I don't know if there ever was such a thing, but ... if we didn't do the campaigning, probably, there could have been."

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