Elections are everywhere in 2024. National votes are expected to be held in 64 countries, with about half of the world’s population set to go to the polls.

For the global economy’s sake, the two most important may be those to be held in India, starting this month, and the U.S., in November. That’ll be particularly true if Prime Minister Narendra Modi wins the Indian vote, as nearly all observers expect, and if former U.S. President Donald Trump wins a second term in office.

Modi and Trump appear to get on well, and both have an interest in undermining China’s influence. Economist Chee Meng Tan explains what electoral victories for the two could mean for the global economy and how they might affect the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific region.

Luke Salkeld

Commissioning Editor, Business, The Conversation U.K.

Two upcoming elections are likely to tip the balance of power between China, India and the US

Chee Meng Tan, University of Nottingham

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