The first session briefing for the “Leadership in Transition: The 2016 U.S. Elections and the Impact on Asia” series was successfully held on Tuesday February 2. It commenced with an overview of the U.S. administrative system and electoral processes, which contrasts with the parliamentary system adopted by many Asian countries. The briefing discussed the ongoing caucus and primary elections. The Asian Embassies were closely monitoring the processes and expressed a great interest in the next presidency and its implication to the U.S.-Asia relationships. Concerns were mentioned, for instance the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the impact the upcoming election in the House and the Senate could possibly have on the outcome.
A special thanks for the generous support of our speakers and Asian diplomat friends. This successful Capitol Hill Forum is a discussion platform to create mutual understanding of the interplay of U.S. politics and U.S.-Asia relationships. The next briefing in the series is scheduled for April. Our provisional topic is an update of the U.S. presidential election.
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