Trump vic­tory shocks the world ‘This is what hap­pens if you have democ­racy’

> Pres­i­dent-elect vows to unite US af­ter di­vi­sive cam­paign

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BER­LIN: Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump stunned the world by de­feat­ing heav­ily favoured Hil­lary Clin­ton in Tues­day’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, end­ing eight years of Demo­cratic rule and send­ing the US on a new, un­cer­tain path.

A wealthy real-es­tate de­vel­oper and for­mer real­ity TV host, Trump rode a wave of anger to­wards Wash­ing­ton in­sid­ers to win the White House race against Clin­ton, the Demo­cratic can­di­date whose gold-plated es­tab­lish­ment re­sume in­cludes stints as a first lady, US se­na­tor and sec­re­tary of state.

Trump col­lected enough of the 270 state-by-state elec­toral votes needed to win a four-year term that starts on Jan 20, tak­ing bat­tle­ground states where pres­i­den­tial elec­tions are tra­di­tion­ally de­cided, US tele­vi­sion net­works pro­jected.

Trump, ap­pear­ing with his fam­ily before cheer­ing sup­port­ers in a New York ho­tel ball­room, said it was time to heal the di­vi­sions caused by the cam­paign and find com­mon ground.

“It is time for us to come to­gether as one united peo­ple.”

Trump praised Clin­ton for her ser­vice and said he had re­ceived a call from her to con­grat­u­late him on the win.

“I will be pres­i­dent for all Amer­i­cans.”

Vic­to­ri­ous in a cliffhanger race that opin­ion polls had fore­cast was Clin­ton’s to win, Trump won avid sup­port among a core base of white non-col­lege ed­u­cated work­ers with his prom­ise to be the “great­est jobs pres­i­dent that God ever cre­ated”.

In his vic­tory speech, the 70year-old said he had a great eco­nomic plan and would dou­ble US eco­nomic growth and embark on a project of re­newal.

Gov­ern­ments from Asia to Eu­rope re­acted with stunned dis­be­lief to his vic­tory, while pop­ulists hailed the re­sult as a tri­umph of the peo­ple over a failed po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment.

Ger­man de­fence min­is­ter Ur­sula von der Leyen de­scribed the re­sult as a “huge shock” and ques­tioned whether it meant the end of “Pax Amer­i­cana”, the state of rel­a­tive peace over­seen by Wash­ing­ton that has gov­erned in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions since World War II.

“We’re re­al­is­ing now that we have no idea what this Amer­i­can pres­i­dent will do if the voice of anger en­ters of­fice,” Nor­bert Roettgen, head of the Ger­man par­lia­ment’s for­eign af­fairs com­mit­tee, told Ger­man ra­dio.

French for­eign min­is­ter JeanMarc Ayrault pledged to work with Trump but said his per­son­al­ity “raised ques­tions” and he ad­mit­ted to be­ing un­sure what a Trump pres­i­dency would mean for key for­eign pol­icy chal­lenges, from cli­mate change and the West’s nu­clear deal with Iran to the war in Syria.

“Looks like this will be the year of the dou­ble dis­as­ter of the West,” for­mer Swedish for­eign min­is­ter Carl Bildt said on Twit­ter, point­ing to UK’s vote in June to leave the Euro­pean Union. “Fas­ten seat belts,” he said. Mean­while, right-wing pop­ulists from Aus­tralia to France cheered the re­sult as a body blow for the po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment.

“Their world is fall­ing apart. Ours is be­ing built,” Flo­rian Philip­pot, a se­nior fig­ure in France’s Na­tional Front, tweeted.

Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of the front, said: “To­day the US, to­mor­row France!” – Reuters BEI­JING: Chi­nese state media says that Don­ald Trump as US pres­i­dent is what hap­pens if peo­ple have democ­ra­cies.

The state-run Xin­hua news agency said the elec­tion of the con­tro­ver­sial ty­coon just shows how Amer­ica’s democ­racy brings about cri­sis, in con­trast to the sta­bil­ity of China’s au­thor­i­tar­ian rule.

The cam­paign – and Don­ald Trump’s as­cen­sion to the high­est of­fice in the world – shows how “the ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans are re­belling against the US po­lit­i­cal class and fi­nan­cial elites”, the paper wrote.

The of­fi­cial Communist Party news­pa­per Peo­ple’s Daily said in a commentary that the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion re­veals an “ill democ­racy”.

China’s state media and gov­ern­ment-backed com­men­ta­tors have ac­tu­ally sup­ported Trump through­out the elec­tion cam­paign.

Like Rus­sia, China is seen as favour­ing Trump be­cause he ap­pears less will­ing to con­front China’s newly ro­bust for­eign pol­icy, par­tic­u­larly in the South China Sea.

Clin­ton, by con­trast, is dis­liked in Bei­jing for hav­ing steered the US “pivot” to Asia aimed at strength­en­ing US en­gage­ment with the re­gion, par­tic­u­larly in the mil­i­tary sphere.

Writ­ing in the Global Times news­pa­per, scholar Mei Xinyu said: “It would make it eas­ier for China to cope if Trump is elected.

“This is be­cause un­der the pol­icy line ad­vo­cated by (Barack) Obama and Clin­ton, the po­lit­i­cal and mil­i­tary fric­tion be­tween China and the US will be more fre­quent.”

On Tues­day, the Chi­nese state broad­caster CCTV ran man-on-thestreet in­ter­views with uniden­ti­fied Amer­i­can vot­ers in which they ex­pressed dis­gust with the sys­tem and dis­sat­is­fac­tion with both can­di­dates. – The In­de­pen­dent

A man moves a cut-out of Clin­ton af­ter an Elec­tion Watch event hosted by the US em­bassy at a Seoul ho­tel.

Peo­ple sing as they watch elec­tions re­turns at Clin­ton's elec­tion night event at the Ja­cob K. Jav­its Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in New York yes­ter­day.

A Clin­ton sup­porter (left) weeps at Ja­cob K. Jav­its Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in New York while a Trump sup­porter wipes tears of joy at a ho­tel in Phoenix, Ari­zona yes­ter­day.

Trump sup­port­ers re­acts to early re­sults dur­ing elec­tion night at the New York Hil­ton Mid­town.

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