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U.S. election: How the Asians sees it
By Srimal Fernando Global Editor the Diplomatic Society

Sceptics have raised questions like ‘what will be the implications for Asians after November Presidential election? How the Asians see the presidential race between Hilary and Trump? Who will be the next President of America and what implications we Asians will face?’
The choice of candidate is always a crucial step in the electoral strategy of political parties. India and China are already dominant regional powers in Asia. US is the only military power that maintains a host of military bases in several Asian countries. The two way trade between US and Asia is almost 1.5 trillion dollars annually. US is one of China’s largest trading partners and enjoys a trade surplus crossing US$ 200 billion annually. India’s relations with the United States have developed strongly since the late 1990s, despite Americas good relations with Pakistan. Even though many parts of Asia are peaceful and trouble-free there are still potential threats to national security in many Asian countries. The national issues raised by Presidential candidates in this election might have a long term impact on US active foreign policy and building good relations with many Asian societies.
America has witnessed a number of positive political developments in the recent past. The most crucial test for America would be the 58th quadrennial U.S. presidential election scheduled for November 8, 2016. Every political party in the country issues a manifesto before the elections outlining its political ideology and approach to major national problems.

 


 

Republican presidential candidates Sen. Marco Rubio, Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz during the Republican presidential debate at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston on Feb. 25, 2016.

 

 

Meanwhile, the sudden rise of Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump changed the political scenario in the Republican Party presidential primaries. Thus electoral support was shifting gradually but surely in favour of front-runner Hillary Clinton of the Democratic presidential race. On Super Tuesday. Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump secured 382 super delegates and won at least seven of the 11 state. For instance Democratic front-runner Clinton secured 1,121 super delegates, a big lead over Bernie Sanders. Sanders secured a lead over Clinton in her own home state of Vermont. The speed of changes that followed the elections surpassed the expectations of people in general as well as the predictions of American election watchers, inside and outside the country. This opened a new chapter in America and is on the threshold of a major political transformation.



Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Rodham Clinton before the CNN Democratic presidential debate.


It is expected that voters will make their electoral choices according to the policies proposed by the different political parties; still there are many challenges ahead. These complex challenges need to be watched closely. The change would provide a space and an opportunity to the American society, people and external actors to engage commentators who claim America has made a success of democracy despite many odds, who believe that the American voter understands the value of their vote and uses it wisely. The choice of candidate is always a crucial step in the electoral strategy of political parties. Unlike in the past the formal campaigns of all candidates were almost entirely focused on immigration, trade, defence and about taxes.
The two Presidential candidates, Hilary and Trump have made use of certain tactics to strengthen their party positions. The political rivalries expressed in the campaign and debates originated in the struggle for control over party nomination. The propaganda slogans such as “ Make America Great Again” and "Hillary for America" carried out by Trump and Hilary had a considerable influence on the campaign ,especially to win over the votes during the presidential primaries. It may not be an exaggeration to say that Donald Trump, the Republican Presidential hopeful marks the beginning of the present era of prominence.

 

“We the People” in the very first sentence of the United States Constitution and includes multi ethnic and multi religious citizens of America. Without the people of America lending that power, the United States Constitution would not have been able to become the guideline for the government. The ultimate determining point would be the nature and character of nationalist discourse and the internal political dynamics of the American society. Let the American voters decide who will be the next US President.

 

 

 

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