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World in shock as Trump surges to victory in United States

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WASHINGTON: Republican Donald Trump edged closer to winning the White House with a series of shocking wins in key states such as Florida and Ohio, rattling world markets that had expected Democrat Hillary Clinton to defeat the political outsider in Tuesday’s US election. 

Here is how the world reacting to his likely win as Clinton’s campaign manager tells rally supporters to go home.

 

Britain’s May congratulates Trump, promising ‘strong’ ties

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British Prime Minister Theresa May congratulated Donald Trump on his US presidential election victory, pledging to build on the two countries’ “special relationship” in the years to come.

“Britain and the United States have an enduring and special relationship based on the values of freedom, democracy and enterprise. We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defence,” she said in a statement.

 

Turkey congratulates Trump on election victory

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Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim congratulated Donald Trump on his election victory and expressed hopes bilateral ties would strengthen under new US leadership.

The government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has had strained relations with Barack Obama’s Democratic administration but Yildirim welcomed in the new Republican flagbearer.

“I congratulate Mr Trump for the presidency of the United States and I wish him success,” said Yildirim.

 

China to work with new US president to develop ties

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China said it will work with the new US president to ensure the steady and sound development of bilateral ties.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang made the remarks at a regular news briefing on Wednesday before Republican Donald Trump won the White House battle.

 

France says would have to clarify issues on Syria with Trump

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France would need to clarify with the US key issues such as the conflict in Syria, Iran’s nuclear deal and climate change, if Donald Trump became the US President, the country’s foreign minister said on Wednesday before Trump became the US president.

Jean-Marc Ayrault also told France 2 Television that he thought Trump’s personality raised “questions”.

Asked about Trump’s personality he said, “It makes you think, it asks questions. It has certainly provoked reactions.”

 

Trump should work towards Palestinian state: Palestinian presidency

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Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s office on Wednesday called on US president-elect Donald Trump to work towards the establishment of a Palestinian state, with peace efforts with the Israelis long at a standstill.

“We are ready to deal with the elected president on the basis of a two-state solution and to establish a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders,” spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said, referring to the year when Israel occupied the West Bank.

 

US under Trump must stay strong in Asia: Australia

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Australia said on Wednesday it was crucial for Washington to stay focused on Asia if Donald Trump wins the presidential election, with Canberra keen to see more US involvement in the region, not less.

Under President Barack Obama, the United States has pursued a foreign policy “pivot” towards the Asia-Pacific, including stationing marines in Australia, against the background of Beijing’s increasing assertiveness.

 

Development in US election shocking: Germany

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German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on German television on Wednesday that Republican Donald Trump’s move toward an unexpected victory in the US presidential election was a “huge shock”.

She told broadcaster ARD, “I think Trump knows that this was not a vote for him but rather against Washington, against the establishment.”

 

French far-right leader Le Pen congratulates Trump

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France’s far-right National Front party leader Marine Le Pen congratulated Donald Trump on Wednesday as he looked set for a possible shock victory in the US presidential election.

“Congratulations to the new president of the United States Donald Trump and to the free American people!” she said on Twitter.

Opinion polls show Le Pen likely to win the first round of French presidential elections next year but lose in the second round to whoever should be her opponent.

 

Trump win will ease geopolitical tensions: Russia

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Kirill Dmitriev, the head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, said on Wednesday he believed Donald Trump’s presidential victory would reduce geopolitical confrontations.

“A less confrontational US foreign policy will unlock major opportunities for joint (Russia-US) trade and investment,” Dmitriev, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, said in a statement.

Dmitriev said he believed financial markets would recover quickly “just as they did after the Brexit vote.”

 

South Korea believes Trump would maintain US policy on North

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South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said on Wednesday that he believed Donald Trump would maintain the current US policy of pressuring North Korea over its nuclear and missile tests, if he wins the presidential election.

“Trump has indicated that the greatest problem facing the world is the nuclear threat and members of his national security team hold the position that favour’s applying strong pressure against the North,” Yun said.

 

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