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Cablegate: Media Reaction - Bachelet Visit to California

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION - BACHELET VISIT TO CALIFORNIA

1. SUMMARY: Most Chilean dailies highlighted the warm personal
interaction between the President and Governor Schwarzenneger. El
Mercurio and La Tercera featured the Governor's praise, that
Bachelet's life reads like a Hollywood movie script: She's a
doctor, surgeon, pediatrician, first woman Defense Minister, and the
first woman President in Chile. Together they visited the
University of California, UC Davis, experimental vineyards and
signed the California-Chile Partnership for the 21st Century
cooperation agreement. Sidebars described the five signed
cooperation agreements, which are intended to develop human capital
and improve energy efficiency, agriculture, education and
environmental protection. The media also reported on President
Bachelet's comments to the California legislature, in which she
emphasized that Chile is not looking for aid, but rather to form an
alliance for growth and investment. The President invited
Schwarzenneger to visit Chile and he agreed. End Summary.

2. El Mercurio, conservative, influential newspaper-of-record
(circ. 129,000): "Schwarzenneger and Bachelet praise each other in
California"

3. At the UC Davis campus, Governor Schwarzenneger and Bachelet
signed the Chile California plan. The Governor praised Bachelet for
speaking five languages, noting with humor that she could correct
his English. Bachelet knew how to match the occasion. She
concluded her remarks on the cooperation agreement with Terminator's
most famous phrase, "Hasta la vista (baby)."

4. La Tercera, conservative, independent (circ. 101,000): Governor
Schwarzenneger greeted President at California's Congressional
building, where Bachelet addressed the plenary session. They both
then met privately. In his office, a sword that the former actor
used as "Conan" caught Bachelet's attention. He handed it to her
and jokingly said, "It's to slice budgets." The Governor labeled
Bachelet's life "extraordinary." "It reads like a move script. She
is a physician, surgeon, pediatrician, the first woman Defense
Minister and the first (woman) president.... She is brilliant," he
said. The Governor also accepted Bachelet's invitation to visit
Chile with a commercial delegation. "I will do so. It will be a good
excuse to travel a little and to go on vacation," said the Governor.


5. Diario Financiero, business and financial (circ. 30,000, 6/13):
"When you are the head of state, you must learn to live with the
resources you have," was Governor Schwarzenneger's message to
Bachelet. In her address to Congress, Bachelet emphasized that the
goal of her visit was "not to ask for aid. We have come to form an
alliance for growth," she said. "Chile has moved forth and our
goals are much more ambitious," she underscored. Bachelet also
spoke at a California Chamber of Commerce breakfast, where the local
entrepreneurs' inquiries focused primarily on Chile's economy and
her experience as a woman President.
This daily placed the photograph of the Governor greeting Bachelet
as "Photo of the week."

6. La Nacion, government-owned, editorially independent (circ.
4,200, 6/13) featured a two-page coverage of Bachelet's visit to
Canada and California. One photo caption read, "She opposed
repression against an old and corrupt regime and has distinguished
herself with her accomplishments in the economy, environment, health
and issues related to equity," said Schwarzenneger.

7. Las Ultimas Noticias, leading-circulation, popular (circ.
140,000 headlined: "Bachelator teases Scharzenneger and invites him
to Chile: 'Hasta la vista.' "Schwarzenneger was extremely polite in
his greeting of Bachelet and in the private meeting, where both
exchanged presents.

8. La Cuarta, widely-read popular daily, highlighted the private
meeting between Bachelet and Schwarzenneger, focusing on the
enormous opportunities that Chile and California have to work
together "as brothers." Both exchanged views on fuel efficiency
plans, and visited the University of California-Davis campus to sign
a cooperation agreement that allow Chileans to study at California
universities.

9. La Segunda, conservative, afternoon daily (circ. 33,000, 6/12)
ran the editorial, "The Opportunities California has to Offer."

10. "The California visit has a special meaning, because it will be
the opportunity to launch an alliance with a state that by itself is
one of the largest economies in the world.... California is truly
in the forefront in the world in several areas that are key for
Chile, from agronomy to new technologies and the rational use of
energy."

11. La Segunda also ran an op-ed by Chilean Ambassador to the
United States Mariano Fernandez entitled, "Bachelet-Schwarzenneger
and the Partnership for the 21st Century"

12. "Chile wants to make a qualitative jump in its development so
that it can reach the US$20,000 per capita income target ... in the
near future. And California is the ideal partner to help accomplish
this, because its universities and educational institutions are
among the best in the world, its businesses are known for their
innovation capability, and its government management has resulted in
enormous environmental progress and an impressive reduction in the
use of energy, while maintaining a satisfactory rates of social and
economic growth rates. Chilean efforts are not a plea for help, but
rather at making these ties more dynamic to become an active
counterpart in all possible areas."
WEITZENKORN

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