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US elections 2020

Trump vs. Biden: Five things Asia should watch for in first debate

Candidates' stances on trade, visas and virus to impact region

Yard signs supporting U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden stand outside an early voting site at the Fairfax County Government Center in Fairfax, Virginia.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- The most hotly anticipated event of the American presidential campaign arrives Tuesday in the battleground state of Ohio, where Republican incumbent Donald Trump will square off against Democratic opponent Joe Biden.

The two men's governing philosophies are different as their debating styles, and Trump has trailed Biden lately in crucial battleground states. Tuesday's event, scheduled for 9 p.m. Eastern time, is scheduled to run 90 minutes and marks the first of three presidential debates between now and Oct. 22. The sole vice presidential debate, pitting incumbent Mike Pence against Sen. Kamala Harris, is slated for Oct. 7 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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