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Cablegate: Media Reaction: Obama's Visit to China, National Endowment

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: OBAMA'S VISIT TO CHINA, NATIONAL ENDOWMENT
FOR DEMOCRACY, U.S.-CHINA TRADE RELATIONS

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Editorial Quotes
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1. OBAMA'S VISIT TO CHINA

"Obama will visit China for four days during his eight-day trip to
Asia"

The official Communist Party international news publication Global
Times (Huanqiu Shibao)(10/09)(pg 16): "According to a Global Times
poll on October 8, Chinese netizens are not very enthusiastic about
Obama's visit to China. Only 14% of netizens are looking forward to
the visit, and 50% of netizens worry that Obama will pressure China
to appreciate the RMB. Yu Wanli at Peking University's
International Relations Research Center said that Obama's visit
shows that the U.S. is seeking a balanced strategy between Japan and
China in East Asia. U.S. diplomacy in the region is focused on
maintaining a closer relationship to East Asian countries than those
countries have with each other. Obama's planned stay in China - the
longest on his trip to the region - shows the United States'
emphasis on China. Jin Canrong at the People's University of China
said that China has set expectations for the visit on issues like
trade and economic policy, human rights, and Taiwan, and looks
forward to more respect for China from the U.S. Given the
intensification of the Tibet issue, it is necessary for Obama to
mention once again that Tibet is an inseparable part of China on his
visit."

2. NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR DEMOCRACY

"Be wary of the infiltration of the National Endowment for
Democracy"

The official Communist Party international news publication Global
Times (Huanqiu Shibao)(10/09)(pg 14): "It would be wrong to believe
that, while it is convenient to accept money from the U.S. National
Endowment for Democracy (NED) to make up for the shortage of funds
for scientific research, researchers would not have to share their
research results with NED. In fact, NED cares primarily about what
research Chinese intellectuals are focusing on and how it can get
them to focus on research the U.S. is interested in. In this way,
the U.S. will be more certain about the future direction of China.
NED's infiltration into China is like a 'mild cultural war': a
dedicated long-term project to reconstruct thinking and ideology in
China. China should be vigilant about the far-reaching influence
and negative results. NED has also sponsored social movements and
encouraged political confrontations as another form of 'mild war.'
The influence of NED was behind the 3.14 (March 14) incident in
Tibet and the 7.5 (July 5) incident in Xinjiang."

3. U.S.-CHINA TRADE RELATIONS

"Obama is a bit chaotic"

The official Communist Party international news publication Global
Times (Huanqiu Shibao)(10/09)(pg 15): "Obama has done a number of
things that he should not have done, and, conversely, not done a
number of things he should have done. For example, he has caved in
to Wall Street pressure; continued U.S. military operations; and
adopted hostile trade policies towards China. China really wants to
be the U.S.'s 'strategic partner,' but it has not been well
rewarded: China was the first country that Obama imposed sanctions
on. Obama's speech to American students came across as
hypocritical. Obama has continued Bush's policy of giving money to
financial profiteers on Wall Street regardless of the costs or
consequences. The huge deficits that will have to be paid off by
successive generations will affect the American students of today.
Maybe Obama already had problems before he was elected which were
intentionally covered up by the media during the presidential
election. For example, Obama smokes, and, what is even worse, he
does not try to quit. It is not accidental that Obama has become a
bit chaotic now."


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