Gerald L. Curtis, the Burgess Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Columbia University, talked about the possible impacts of a Hillary Clinton presidency and a Donald Trump presidency on Asia in a November 8, 2016 Nikkei Asian Review interview titled “Trump Couldn’t Change Asian Policy Even if Elected, Columbia Professor Says.”
“I think Clinton is more hard-line on China than Obama, and she, I believe, would take the view that we have to make it clear to China what our red lines are, and mean it,” Professor Curtis noted. “That is different from Obama, who drew red lines until they were crossed, like in the case of Syria. So, I think Clinton will be tougher on China on issues like the South China Sea, and on its trade and investment policies, particularly dealing with investment from foreign companies. I think the Chinese expect that, and that’s why there seems to be some hope [there] that Trump will actually become president.”
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