As Asia watches developments in the White House race with a mixture of amusement and alarm, the region's capitals must give some thought to what it all means for U.S. foreign policy and their bilateral ties. With the presidential primaries just swinging into action, the Republican and Democratic candidates will not be decided for several more months. But averages in American opinion polls so far tell us that Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton is still the most likely line-up for the final battle over the U.S. presidency.
There will be many more twists in the race. But, based on what we know so far, what might their respective policies in Asia look like? And how might the region respond to the emergence of a President Clinton or President Trump?