- Title: China watches as U.S. election results roll in
- Date: 9th November 2016
- Summary: TRUMP'S FACE
- Embargoed: 24th November 2016 07:00
- Keywords: China Beijing election Trump Hillary results
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA00257Q24AV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A group of Chinese students and members of the gathered in Beijing as the U.S. election results rolled in on Wednesday (November 9), with Republican Donald Trump looking set for a possible shock victory in the U.S. presidential election.
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 U.S. election.
Trump surged to wins in Florida, Ohio, Iowa and North Carolina, and Fox News projected a win for him in Wisconsin. With voting completed across the country, he also narrowly led in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Arizona, pushing him closer to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the state-by-state fight for the White House.
Some of those at the event like English student Yan Yongzhe, said they thought a Clinton win would be more stable.
"Based on our teachers opinion and our own opinion, Hillary is a more proficient politician so I think she will deal with international relations in a more mature way so I don't think U.S. China relations will change, in fact they should deepen," he said.
Others said they were looking forward to a Trump victory.
"Actually I'm very curious to see if he really will fulfill all his promises, but also I personally think our country can deal with the republican party more easily and more smoothly than with the democratic party because from previous experience throughout history there weren't that many trivial things (with the republicans)," said international politics student Li Ke.
U.S. Ambassador to China, Max Baucus, said that regardless of who wins the U.S. will continue to work with China on a range of issues.
"I've said many times, others have said it, that the United States-Chinese relationship is the most important in the world, it's true and that will continue after this election," he said.
"We trade so much with each other, investment, climate change is such a global issue that we are all facing together, third world issues are very important to us, getting Kim Jong-un to stop threatening the peninsula is very important to both of us. Essentially we're going to keep working ever more aggressively, ever more creatively because we have to," he added.
Republicans also were projected to maintain control of the U.S. House of Representatives, and appeared to be heading toward keeping their majority in the U.S. Senate. If Trump wins the White House, he would have a greater chance of enacting his agenda with a Republican-led Congress.
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