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Finally days of Trump in White House are over. Joe and Suga will make the world better!

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So this is final? He's really fired?

Pfff what a relief, thank you American voters. I was almost certain 4 more years of this mad man would mean a nuclear war with China.

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So this is final? He's really fired?

No, it's not final, only the Networks have declared Biden President elect. Could take a few more weeks.

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Joe and Suga will make the world better!

Meet the new boss same as the old boss.

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Pfff what a relief, thank you American voters. I was almost certain 4 more years of this mad man would mean a nuclear war with China.

Back to being China's doormat.

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Looks like Suga just threw Trump under the Shinkansen...

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Back to being China's doormat.

Hmmm.

How many military bases does China have in Japan?

Does Biden and his family have extensive business interests in China?

Has Biden repeatedly praised Xi?

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/15/trump-china-coronavirus-188736

Has Biden put trade deals with China over the Uighur people?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53138833

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So this is final? He's really fired?

All over bar the shouting. Looks like the loser will try to do quite a bit of shouting before the door hits him.

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NOMINATIONToday  04:36 pm JST

Pfff what a relief, thank you American voters. I was almost certain 4 more years of this mad man would mean a nuclear war with China.

Back to being China's doormat.

China will now face a United States that can work with it's allies and is lead by an educated person whose primary concern is his country, rather than himself and his immediate family. The US position on China is bipartisan and the Quad is up and running. No doormats are coming.

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Biden will be the worst President for containing China and her world domination motives. He is to weak.

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China will now face a United States that can work with it's allies and is lead by an educated person whose primary concern is his country

You have got to be kidding? Who is the educated person, Biden? He is a 47 year failed politician that is more of a narcissist than Trump. Not sure if you are an American, but you should really study and research before making such claims. China loves that Biden will be the President elect because they know he will be much easier to handle than Trump. Fact.

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He knows which side his overly thick toast is buttered.

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Please get a 50/50 relationships from this day onwards.

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Not just Japan, but the whole world is looking forward to sanity returning to the White House.

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goldnuggetToday  06:16 pm JST

China will now face a United States that can work with it's allies and is lead by an educated person whose primary concern is his country

You have got to be kidding? Who is the educated person, Biden? He is a 47 year failed politician that is more of a narcissist than Trump. Not sure if you are an American, but you should really study and research before making such claims. China loves that Biden will be the President elect because they know he will be much easier to handle than Trump. Fact.

Been watching Joe Biden since the 70s and he, unlike Trump, has not failed. You have no idea what you're talking about.

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@1glenn

Speaking of sanity, do you think Biden will have all those US president statues restored and put back up? How about our national monuments?

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Japanese businesses, who have business in the US, would stand to benefit

that is more of a narcissist than Trump

That'd be very hard to do. He won't even care how many show up for the inauguration audience while Covid-19 is going on

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Do you see this?

America is unpredictable.

A new young country compared to Japan.

Over time, America's commitment, willingness to fight and sacrifice always go down.

They have abandoned Vietnam before.

They did not protect Dokdo Island from S. Korea which they took from Japan in the 1950s. Massive failure to protect Japan.

Responsible for starting ISIS because of the wars and instability they cause in the middle east, then they go back home.

The biggest weakness Japan has in 2020.

Relying on America for protection.

Signing the Plaza Accord causing economic Devaststion for past 3 decades.

Not holding Japans security, safety, protection in our owns hands, instead of giving that power to a foreign country which Nuked Japan before. How much do you think they care? Not Alot.

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Yeah, he’s worried about the ever encroaching chinese, that are now confident in taking Taiwan and maybe Okinawa.

Good luck over there.

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I believe we can all agree that there won't be any more childish twitter rants from a US president. We will only miss those tweets for their entertainment and shock value.

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Yep, Suga knows where his fuwa fuwa bread is buttered and couldn't wait to congrat him. If you read past the Dem's rhetoric (covid, racism, misogyny, etc etc) Joey and Kammy may be elected because they, especially him, are highly malleable to the changing of America from its core values to a socialist state. Sad day for the U.S. In loving memory of the values and principles that used to make the U.S. great.

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Biden will soon forget where he is, and Suga?

He’ll keep the boat on the same course as Capt Abhad...

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Suga needs to work on his short game to make this work...

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It is going to be an interesting few months. Trump has the White house till noon on the 20th day of January lots can happen between now and then.

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For all the simpletons who believe that Biden would not know how to deal with China, you better start digging a share of history lessons. There are 2 ways to deal with a geopolitical opponent: the Bismarckian way and the Wilhelmine way.

On one side, you have the Bismarckian way. After Prussia defeated France in 1870 to pave the rise to the newly formed German empire in 1871, Otto van Bismarck skillfully used balance of power diplomacy to maintain Germany's status in a peaceful Europe while making rivals France look like the sloppy bloke at the ball. To quote historian Eric Hobsbawm: Bismarck "remained undisputed world champion at the game of multilateral diplomatic chess for almost twenty years after 1871, [and] devoted himself exclusively, and successfully, to maintaining peace between the powers". France was masterfully isolated and strangled so it had no strong allies until 1891, which coincidentally came after Bismarck fired by the young impulsive Kaiser at the time - Wilhelm II.

The Wilhelmine way is very Trumpian; one could say that Trump's approach is Wilhelmine instead. Both men were insecure and undisciplined. There were many instances of xenophobia, deluded attempts at making grand things for Germany, and a frequent use of THREATS by Wilhelm. Here is what Wikipedia wrote about it, and you can find about the same in any history book:

[Wilhelm II] frequently undermined such progress by making threatening statements towards other countries and voicing xenophobic views without consulting his ministers. Likewise, his regime did much to alienate itself from the world's other Great Powers by initiating a massive naval build-up, challenging French control of Morocco, and building a railway through Baghdad that threatened Britain's dominion in the Persian Gulf. Thus, by the second decade of the 20th century, Germany could rely only on significantly weaker nations such as Austria-Hungary and the declining Ottoman Empire as its allies.

France being Germany's main rival, took advantage of Russia's concerns with the 1891-1894 agreements and then the British Empire's perception of German threat in 1904. The good news for now is that China is not in the kind of diplomatic strength that France got in 10 years before the outbreak of the First World War. Foreign Policy wrote an interesting text 3 years ago.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2017/10/12/the-donald-trump-kaiser-wilhelm-parallels-are-getting-scary/

The moral of the story is that a masterful use of diplomacy can damage your rival far more than using any hawkish approach that would lead up to open war. China is not exactly different from where France was on the world stage around 1890, but we are at the inflexion point. Do we want to use a Bismarckian approach that would ensure peace while strangling China in a context of peace? Or do we want to do things recklessly in a way that China would go have no fear at building up for war because it would have found stronger partners? Think about that. I know I would prefer the US to maintain and strengthen existing alliances rather than giving China new allies on a silver plate.

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@Danny Nguyen

Riiiiight

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@proxy

Thanks for proving my point then.

One of the reasons why I think a number of people are foolish is that they don't even try leaning lessons from history. People and nations are doomed to fail when refusing to learn from history.

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These are the same morons who thought that Trump had a quality foreign policy with North Korea - even though America's position with North Korea is worse under Trump than any outgoing president in 40 years. They clearly aren't very intelligent when it comes to understanding how the world outside their red bubble actually works, and aren't socially responsible enough to want to investigate.

It's the cold and hard truth, unfortunately.

People and nations are doomed to fail when they don't even try learning those valuable lessons from history. I have no sympathy for such instances who will not try to look at the big picture, especially when tools are available to do so.

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First of all as an American with moderate center views ...Thank God! Biden may not be the greatest result but he is the best for the moment, and what a great moment to have the first woman and black/asian in the Executive Office. I actually see Biden as better to contain China as Trump's isolationism was giving China the opportunity to be the "good guy" and increase their influence. Now we have a guy thst will strengthen alliances to contain China. Whew!

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USA will be back to normality and will be stronger, with better economy, social justice, a better place to live, thanks to Biden, thanks American people, you kick out Trump out of the white house, God bless America..

Sorry Trump fanatics your time is over, get back to reality and stop hate..

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I hear a collective sigh of relief.

The fringe benefit, Suga san will not have to dust off the clubs and head off to the tee for Golf tuition.

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Instead of himself and his immediate family, China will now face a United States that can collaborate with its allies and is led by an intelligent individual whose primary concern is his homeland. There is a bipartisan US stance on China and the Quad is up and going.

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