Straits Times

Senior fellow William Choong of the International Institute for Strategic Studies-Asia felt a victory by Republican Donald Trump in the Nov 8 presidential election would not bode well for Asia.

The reason: Mr Trump has said that he might review America's alliances, including those with South Korea and Japan. Both should foot more of the bill for their defence, he added, suggesting that Japan arm itself with nuclear weapons.

These guarantees are "regarded as sacrosanct by most of the foreign policy establishment, regardless of party" because they were born out of World War II and paid for with lives and money, noted Dr Choong. Such a shift would not bode well for Singapore, where "generation after generation of policymakers has pursued US engagement in the region", he added.

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