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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - Tibet and China

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USTR FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE;
TREASURY FOR OASIA/IMI;
SECDEF FOR OASD/PA;
CP BUTLER OKINAWA FOR AREA FIELD OFFICE;
PACOM HONOLULU FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY ADVISOR

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SUBJECT: TOKYO MEDIA REACTION - TIBET AND CHINA


1. LEAD STORIES: Tuesday morning's Asahi front-paged
the upcoming summit in Washington between President
Bush and South Korean President Lee, predicting that
the two are likely to agree on redefining the bilateral
alliance so that U.S. troops assigned in South Korea
can be deployed overseas beyond that theater and so
that Washington will uphold its force commitment to the
Korean Peninsula even after a reunification of the two
Koreas.

2. "Unprecedented Unity Emerging in China" A
correspondent for the top-circulation, moderate Yomiuri
wrote from Beijing (4/15): "China is facing a
worst-case scenario of the mounting international
criticism of its crackdown in Tibet having led to the
turmoil surrounding the Olympic torch relay. Against
this backdrop has emerged an unprecedented level of
unity in China fed by nationalism, something that has
allowed the Hu administration to maintain a hard
line.... Both President Bush's plan to attend the
opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics and Japan's
policy of attaching importance to relations with
Beijing feed into China's hard-line position. After the
unrest in Tibet broke out in protest of Beijing's
ethnic and religious policies, sympathy toward the
Tibetans mounted around the world.... Unless China
takes steps to resolve the situation, it will not have
much support for the Olympics."

3. "China Playing Hardball in View of Strong Economy" A
Beijing-based reporter for the conservative Sankei
wrote (4/15): "China has been stepping up its crackdown
on monks in Tibet in order to prevent a recurrence of
demonstrations, and it has rejected direct talks with
the Dalai Lama. China's strong economic growth of late
has enabled it to maintain this hard line. Beijing has
concluded that its economic prowess precludes the U.S.
and Europe from being able to confront it squarely....
With the U.S. and European countries still suffering
from the fallout of the subprime loan crisis in the
U.S., China's calculation may be correct."

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