Wall Street Journal
This city, like other capitals around the world, watched this week as U.S. President Barack Obama suffered major Democratic Party losses at the polls. The result -- a “weakened” U.S. government, as some Japanese media are labelling it -- will deepen the perception that US allies must do more on their own to help maintain stability in Asia.
Next week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing will thus carry more importance than most such gatherings. It will be the first time that America's lame-duck president meets his counterparts.