Cablegate: Media Reaction: U.S.-China Trade, U.S. National
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R 170917Z SEP 09
FM AMEMBASSY BEIJING
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INFO RUEHOO/CHINA POSTS COLLECTIVE
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UNCLAS BEIJING 002669
DEPARTMENT FOR INR/R/MR, EAP/CM, EAP/PA, EAP/PD, C
HQ PACOM FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY ADVISOR (J007)
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TAGS: PREL ECON KMDR OPRC CH
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: U.S.-CHINA TRADE, U.S. NATIONAL
INTELLIGENCE STRATEGY, TIBET
1. U.S.-CHINA TRADE
"Obama is not reliable"
The official Communist Youth League China Youth Daily (Zhongguo
Qingnianbao)(09/17)(pg 2): "The special protection case on tires
reflects the remarkable cultural differences between China and the
United States. Chinese experts were so optimistic about the case in
August. However, by putting their hope in President Obama, they
essentially gave up the matter. The U.S. President is not
omnipotent. Regardless of whether or not Obama wants to provoke
China or whether or not he supports free trade, he could not reject
the case due to the conservative protectionists among the
Representatives on Capitol Hill, in the office of the U.S. Trade
Representative, and the American Iron and Steel Association workers.
The Chinese people believed that since there have not been any
major disputes between the two countries since Obama took office and
the U.S. showed such great hospitality to China during the S&ED, it
is only logical that Obama would oppose protectionist measures
against China. The case has exposed the two countries' different
styles. The U.S. has 'a tough, cowboy style' compared to China's
more refined and cultured style, which puts courtesy before tough
measures. If China had started countervailing and anti-dumping
investigations on U.S. products before Obama announced the
[increased tire] tariffs, the result may have been different. This
reveals the nature of China, which is low-profile and leaves the
door open to opponents. However, the two countries' dispute over
this case will not necessarily cause a trade war."
2. U.S. NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE STRATEGY
"China is on U.S. intelligence department's black list"
The official Communist Party international news publication Global
Times (Huanqiu Shibao)(09/17)(pg 1): "Chinese expert Jin Canrong
said that, by putting China on its intelligence black list, the U.S.
is provoking conflict and poisoning the international atmosphere.
Since the end of WWII, the U.S. has been arrogant and always seen
itself as 'the big boss.' Professor Shi Yinhong at People's
University of China argued that although the U.S. listed China,
Russia, North Korea, and Iran as 'potential challengers,' the U.S.
knows very well that the threat China poses to the U.S. is small.
The U.S. is not concerned about the current China, but rather
China's ability to undermine the U.S. in the future. The [National
Intelligence Strategy] report showed that the U.S. has not yet given
up its Cold War mentality. Media outlets in some other Western
countries, like the UK and Germany, have published similar reports
hyping the cyber and espionage threat from China. When Chinese
media then fight back, Western media blames this on a rise in
Chinese nationalism. Jin Canrong added that such criticism from the
U.S. could push China and Russia closer together. If China and
Russia were determined to fight against the U.S. together, the U.S.
would be severely harmed."
"Obama sent henchman to find out about the Dalai Lama's real
The official Xinhua News Agency international news publication
International Herald Leader (Guoji Xianqu Daobao) (09/17)(pg 3): "It
is worth noting that two months before Obama's visit to China, he
sent a delegation to visit the Dalai Lama's home. Currently, there
is still a lot of uncertainty about how Obama will deal with the
Tibet issue. The delegation's visit was labeled as 'private';
however, Obama's representative was the most senior U.S. official to
meet the Dalai Lama since the Speaker of the House of
Representatives met him last March. 'The henchman of Obama' will
convey the President's respect to the Dalai Lama. Obama is likely
to adopt the middle road in dealing with the Dalai Lama: supporting
him on the one hand, but not meeting him on the other. However,
even if Obama does not meet with the Dalai Lama, it does not mean
that the U.S. has changed its policy on the Tibet issue. The U.S.
uses the Tibet issue to contain China."