Clinton win to likely continue Asia ‘pivot’

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TOKYO: Experts say Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s victory in New York’s primary Tuesday is good news for Japan. The former secretary of state is likely to inherit President Barack Obama’s foreign policy outlook should she be elected as the first female President of the United States. Clinton’s dominating double-digit win in New York, which she once represented in the US Senate, snapped Democratic rival Bernie Sanders’ winning streak and made it nearly impossible for him to overtake her delegate lead. For the last several months, Japanese bureaucrats have been concerned about the growing momentum surrounding Trump. But Clinton’s victory is likely to force Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders out of the race, enabling Clinton to prepare for a potential showdown with Trump, a diplomatic novice who has threatened to withdraw the US troops from Japan and advocated for a nuclear-armed Tokyo.

TNS

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