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How much of a game-changing impact will Chinese President Xi Jinping's recent visit to Bangladesh, 30 years after the last such visit, have on politics of the region and beyond?
 
I continue to need a bit more time to adjust to what a professional pundit I follow is calling an "earthquake of an event." The event, of course, being the amazing presidential victory of Donald J. Trump.
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"We have met the enemy and he is us." The ironic statement is from the durable comic strip "Pogo" by cartoonist Walt Kelly, widely syndicated in newspapers from the late 1940s into the 1970s.
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Political surveys can be counterproductive to democracy.
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I was going to write about disruptive technology but the whole week was taken up with the disruption that Donald J. Trump did in upsetting the U.S. establishment by winning the presidential elections.
 
A jarring electoral earthquake has rocked America with a stunning upset win by Donald J. Trump, the Republican insurgent candidate.
 
Donald Trump is a mixed blessing for Chinese leaders. Trump's threats to tear up trade deals and hike tariffs on Chinese goods look ominous. If carried out, they could chill thriving commercial ties at a time when Beijing is struggling to shore up economic growth.
 
Donald Trump's muscular performance with working-class whites overwhelmed the national trend toward a more diverse population that tends to favor Democrats. That dynamic was amplified by the peculiar mathematics of the Electoral College, which gave a megaphone to less-educated voters in the Midwest.
 
One morning last week, while I was having breakfast at a roadside hotel, I heard the owner unleashing a volley of foul language at a child who was working as a waiter.
 
Donald Trump's shock election is likely to tip the Supreme Court firmly into the conservative camp, to the great relief of religious traditionalists, gun rights activists and powerful financial interests.
 
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