Biden elected president, heralding shift for Asia after Trump

Biden elected president, heralding shift for Asia after Trump

Democrat vows to make US ‘respected’ again; experts foresee ‘hard line’ on China

NEW YORK — Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has reached the 270 electoral vote threshold needed to defeat President Donald Trump, a result that is widely expected to revive a more conventional American relationship with Asia.

“Tonight, the whole world is watching America, and I believe at our best, America is a beacon for the globe,” Biden said in a victory speech Saturday night in Wilmington, Delaware, before a mask-wearing crowd watching from their cars and trucks, honking in support and waving American flags.

“We will lead not only by the example of our power, but by the power of our example,” said the Democratic president-elect, who vowed to “make America respected around the world again.”

Biden, who turns 78 on Nov. 20, will be the oldest president to enter the White House. His running mate, Kamala Harris, will be the first woman, as well as the first Black and Asian American, to be vice president.

“You ushered in a new day for America,” Harris said shortly before she introduced Biden, applauding American voters for choosing “hope and unity, decency, science, and yes, truth.”