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New Asian Foreign Policy May Be Set By Congress After Democrats Taking Control Of House


11/09/2018




New Asian Foreign Policy May Be Set By Congress After Democrats Taking Control Of House
It is being expected that the policies that United States president Donald Trump has taken for Asia could face increased scrutiny from a divided Congress after the Democrats taking control of the lower chamber of Congress.
 
Trump policies – such as any potential trade wars, could be challenged by a house that is led by Democrats. This could also include a possible agreement with China. T his is so because all such policies would require Congressional approval. The House would also have the power to put to question foreign policy issues of their choosing by calling for hearings. According to some analysts, the new House could shift focus towards issues related to human rights in Asia such as those in Myanmar, the Philippines and China.
 
During her victory speech, a call for bipartisanship was given by the minority leader of the House and the likely next speaker, Nancy Pelosi. Democrats would restore "checks and balances" on the Trump administration, she said. Trump called her to extend his congratulations, tweeted her chief of staff, Drew Hammill.
 
Despite losing the House to the democrats, Trump tweeted: "Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!"
 
The foreign policy of Trump towards Asia has been changed since he became the president two years ago. Trump initiated a trade war with China, took measures to step up ties with Taiwan, strongly criticised the actions of allies such as Japan and South Korea, and met the North Korean leader to become the first first sitting U.S. president.
 
Analysts however believe that there would be no immediate change in the hard line foreign policy of Trump to towards China despite the new makeup of the Congress. The Congress is able to exert more influence on Trump on domestic issues instead of foreign policies and the line that the president has taken on trade is also one that conforms to the traditional Democratic view.
 
The mixed results "won't necessarily stop his protectionist foreign policy," said Herve Lemahieu, director of the Asian power and diplomacy program at the Lowy Institute, and added that there would be a more limiting impact because of it.
 
The process of development of US-China relations can be humbled if there is a rise of issues of human rights abuses in China against the Uighur minority in Xinjiang.
 
The US is moving toward forging a free trade agreement with the Philippines under Trump, and he needs to get that approved by the Congressional and that process can get a lot complicated if the Congress decides to raise questions – as a part of a changed foreign policy questioning human rights abuses in Asia, about the extrajudicial killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war.
 
The mid ter4m results in the US saw Asian stocks become choppy.
 
"The election outcome was in line with expectations, so today's volatility was mostly based on speculative trading and unlikely to continue tomorrow," said Chihiro Ota, general manager of investment research at SMBC Nikko Securities
 
(Source:www.nekkei.asia.com)






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