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How is a second term for the Obama administration likely to affect relations with China, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Afghanistan — to name just some of the Asian nations that have featured most prominently in recent headlines?
Indian university students celebrate after hearing a prediction that U.S. President Barack Obama was reelected during a U.S. embassy election party at a local hotel in New Delhi on November 7, 2012. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)
As the United States votes for its next president, China, too, is preparing for a leadership change — although much less is known about that process, which begins Thursday with the start of the 18th National Congress.