LONDON – Millions of people around the world have been glued to the white-man election drama that is showing in the US on Wednesday, with allies insisting that regardless of the winner, the relationship of they and the US are still strong.
The election has sparked a stir in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, with commentators pondering how much President Donald Trump or Democratic challenger Joe Biden would mean for him. with the world.
British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab had a diplomatic tone, telling Sky News that the Anglo-US relationship was in “excellent condition and we are confident that it will go from strength to strength.”; different for any candidate who wins the election ”.
In Britain, the vote has garnered as much excitement and media coverage as the country’s own votes over the years. The highway billboards advertised the radio for the live results, and many commentators stayed up all night discussing the counting of votes in individual states.
Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon, who wished America good luck on Tuesday night, tweeted that there are “important days and times ahead for the integrity of American democracy.”
In Germany, where Trump is unpopular, German lawmaker and conservative CDU party leader Angela Merkel, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on German broadcaster ZDF that German-US friendship was “tested. difficulties “in the past four years.
Kramp-Karrenbauer added: “However, I stick with my remarks that Germany and the US, that this friendship is not just a question of the current administration in the White House.
A poll in September by Pew found that only 10% of people in Germany believe in him doing the right thing in relation to world affairs.
News of the election also spearheaded those in Russia, where state broadcaster Tass publishes the story on its website.
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Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, told NBC News in an email: “This US election is being watched closely and drastically, but without too much passion.”
“Who wins, the US-Russia relationship will deteriorate, and possibly get worse. Therefore, the public being informed here focuses on the meaning of the election for the US and not for Russia.
The election has also drawn considerable interest in Japan, and a former US ambassador told NBC News that Tokyo’s close ties with the US do not depend on its leader.
Ichiro Fujisaki, former Japanese ambassador to the US under former President Barack Obama, said: “If Mr. Biden joins or Mr. Trump is re-elected, we are ready to dance with the new president.
In the Middle East, one of Israel’s main daily newspapers featured on their front page of the election, displaying a divisive cover with pictures of both candidates and the words Mr. President next to each of them. . There are several parts of the world where he is more popular than in Israel, where a poll published on Tuesday found that 70% of Jewish Israelis supported Trump.
Meanwhile, officials in China, which have faced harsh criticism from Trump over commercial operations and the handling of the coronavirus, have consistently insisted the election is a domestic issue. the set.
However, editorials in Chinese newspapers are more critical of the United States, with the state-run China Daily saying the US political system is failing.
Rachel Elbaum, Adela Suliman and Yuliya Talmazan reporting from London; Andy Eckardt reports from Germany.
Andy Eckardt contributed.