Now that financial markets have gotten over their initial shock, a more optimistic take on the unexpected election of Donald Trump as the US president is gaining currency. The argument is that the damage he might do will be less than his rhetoric suggested because: (a) Once he is in power, he will tone down his professed policies and become more pragmatic; (b) He will surround himself with competent officials who will craft sensible policies; (c) The US political system of divided government will check and balance him. We disagree. The election of Trump will pose immense risks for Asia.

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