US Presidential Election: The Asian Angle, Day 3
Nov. 9, 2016
Shockwaves are spreading around the world. The US presidential race is over, and it is now clear that Donald Trump will be moving into the White House.
A few hours before vote counting started, the Clinton camp was expressing cautious optimism, but the results were counter to her supporters' expectations.
People and government leaders around the world realize they will face a new challenge: how to deal with President Trump.
"It is time for us to come together as one united people. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all of Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I'm reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country," Trump told a crowd of supporters at an event in New York early Wednesday morning.
"We have a great economic plan. We will double our growth and have a strongest economy anywhere in the world. I want tell the world community while we always put the American first, we'll deal fairly with everyone, with everyone. All people and all other nations, we'll see common ground not hostility, partnership not conflict. I love this county," he said.
He also told the crowd that Hillary Clinton had called him and congratulated him on his victory.
Trump is 70 years old, and will be the first president without government or military experience.
Our partners at ABC project he will take 28 states, including Wisconsin and Alaska, capturing 278 electoral votes. That puts him over the magic number of 270.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has congratulated Trump on his victory.
"I would like to extend my congratulations to Donald Trump on his victory. Japan and the US are allies and united by universal values. I hope we can strengthen the US-Japan alliance. We will cooperate to tackle problems now facing the international community. I look forward to working with him," Abe said.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said Beijing hopes the new US administration will promote healthy and stable bilateral relations.
"Trade between China and the US benefits both nations by creating jobs," Lu said. "And we are both mature countries, so we can solve bilateral issues."
Trump and Asia
During his campaign, Trump stressed the need for a drastic review of long-running US policies concerning its allies, including Japan and South Korea -- and his remarks drew a lot of attention.
"Just to go down the list we defend Japan, we defend Germany, we defend South Korea, we defend Saudi Arabia, we defend countries. They do not pay us what they should be paying us. Because we are providing tremendous service and we are losing a fortune," Trump during the first presidential debate. "If they don't pay a fair share because this isn’t forty years ago where we could do what we’re doing. We can't defend Japan.”
Such opinions from Trump are nothing new -- when he first started to show interest in politics nearly 30 years ago, he let his thoughts be known. He placed full-page an ad in 3 major newspapers: the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Boston Globe.
The advertisement read: "America should stop paying to defend countries that can afford to defend themselves."
Trump claimed that the US should have Japan, Saudi Arabia and other allies it protects cover the costs, and use that money to help the US economy grow.
He is now also directing his criticism toward China -- the country that grew to become the world's second largest economy.
“You look at what China is doing to our country in terms of making our product. They're devaluing their currency and there's nobody in our government to fight them. And we have a very good fight and we have a winning fight. Because they’re using our country as a piggy bank to rebuild China and many other countries are doing the same thing. So we are losing our good jobs, so many of them," Trump has said.
What's the Trump Phenomenon?
For the final part of our 3-day special coverage, we take a broader perspective by looking into the impact of this election across Asia, as well as the rest of the world.
Professor Liah Greenfeld, who teaches sociology, political science and anthropology at Boston University, joins anchor Sho Beppu in Washington, DC.
To see the full interview, please watch the video above.
Sho Beppu's Analysis
Compared to the things I saw and felt 8 years ago, I can say that the mood of this year's election was much less positive.
Did we really need to hear so many personal attacks and so much blaming? It left me with a somewhat of a bad feeling, like after eating greasy food full of artificial flavors.
So, what's next? Donald Trump pledged in his victory speech that he will be a president of all and will seek good relations with the world community.
This is important. It is also important to address the frustrations expressed by many who have legitimate desires to improve their daily lives in one of the world's most unequal countries. What counts now is not campaign rhetoric but concrete action by the winner.