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US elections 2020

Biden elected president, heralding shift for Asia after Trump

Democrat vows to make US 'respected' again; experts foresee 'hard line' on China

Biden celebrates onstage after his victory speech in Wilmington, Delaware, on Nov. 7.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has reached the 270 electoral vote threshold needed to defeat President Donald Trump, a result that is widely expected to revive a more conventional American relationship with Asia.

"Tonight, the whole world is watching America, and I believe at our best, America is a beacon for the globe," Biden said in a victory speech Saturday night in Wilmington, Delaware, before a mask-wearing crowd watching from their cars and trucks, honking in support and waving American flags.

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