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US elections 2020

Vietnam majority roots for Trump's hard line on China

Onetime war enemy stands out in Southeast Asia with its support for US president

Vietnamese are pulling for a Donald Trump victory in the U.S. president's reelection bid against former Vice President Joe Biden, seeing Trump as a defender of Southeast Asia against an aggressive China. (Nikkei montage/source photos by AP and Reuters)

HANOI -- Among Asians closely following the lead-up to the U.S. presidential election, Vietnamese stand out not only in their enthusiasm but also in their preference for President Donald Trump over former Vice President Joe Biden.

"I support Trump because he does not hesitate to take strong action against China," a chief executive at a textile company based in Ho Chi Minh City told Nikkei Asia, adding that the president has an attitude unlike any of those of his predecessors.

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