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Editorial: Clinton should pay close attention to global stability

As the world’s most influential nation, the U.S. should choose a president commensurate with this status. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is apt for the job, but concerns are also rife. To win more support from liberal voters, she is inclined to play up leftist-oriented polices. As the front-runner, she should keep her wits about her in running for presidency.


At the Democratic convention, audiences echoed “one more step” when Clinton was formally nominated for president. They were sending out the message not only to beat Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump but also to stress that there is one more step to go for her to become the first female president in the U.S. If realized, this will help boost female empowerment on a global scale.


Most important of all is, of course, not gender. The next U.S. president must be equipped with discerning eyes and capabilities to lead the world. Clinton played an instrumental role in the Obama administration’s rebalancing policy in Asia. So it makes sense that Japan and Southeast Asian countries pin high hopes on her.


The policy platform adopted at the Democratic convention called for “deepening ties with the allies in the Asia-Pacific region.” With regards to Japan, it added “will fulfill its historical duty.” This means that the U.S. will maintain the commitment made by the Obama administration that “the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture are within the scope of the Japan-U.S. security treaty.” This language has a significant impact on Asian security.


One concern is her stance on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact. When Tim Kane appeared on the convention podium as Clinton’s running mate for vice president, audiences hoisted anti-TPP signboards to oppose the pro-TPP senator. She stressed that she would “oppose unfair trade agreements” in her address delivered when accepting the party nomination. Trump also opposes the TPP. This is painting a grim picture for the 12-nation trade pact.


It is true that the U.S. industry is losing momentum, but what would be gained through trade liberalization is greater than what would be lost. Not only the U.S., but also the entire world, including Europe, faces the challenge of overcoming the negative aspects of globalism. The U.S. should demonstrate its leadership in the market economy.


Clinton’s public pledges include policies that pander to leftist voters. This is raising the question of feasibility. Under such circumstances, her political management could face an uphill battle even though she won presidency. It is hoped that she will become a presidential candidate who pays close attention to global stability. (Abridged)

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