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Cablegate: Media Reaction: U.S. In Asia, U.S.-China Trade, U.S.

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: U.S. IN ASIA, U.S.-CHINA TRADE, U.S.
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Editorial Quotes
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1. U.S. IN ASIA

"U.S. influence in Asia brings more benefit than harm"

The official Communist Party international news publication Global
Times (Huanqiu Shibao)(11/04)(pg 14): "The beneficial role played by
the United States in maintaining local security and stability is
irreplaceable in constructing a security mechanism for the East
Asian community. The United States' presence in Asia will help to
balance Japan by suppressing its impulse to become a political and
military power, which has allowed the peaceful development of the
Asian economy. The involvement of an external force is necessary in
the absence of an effective regional security mechanism. The United
States can also help to stabilize the situation on the Korean
peninsula, and to contain the pro-independence forces in Taiwan.
The U.S. does not want Taiwan to be independent, and thus uses the
mainland to contain Taiwan but cannot let mainland take control.
The U.S. also needs China's active participation on political,
economic and security issues. But there are also negative
influences. The U.S. has disguised its intention to contain China's
rise since the U.S. is worried that China will become a potential
threat. The United States also uses Taiwan to contain China.
However, the United States' presence in Asia is more beneficial than
harmful for China. Why should China exclude the United States from
East Asia?"

2. U.S.-CHINA TRADE

"We should get rid of dependence on trade"

Guangdong 21st Century Publishing Company Ltd.'s business newspaper
21st Century Business Herald (21Shiji Jingji Baodao)(11/04)(pg 2):
"Shortly after the U.S. and China agreed not to implement new
protectionist measures at the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade
in Hangzhou last week, the U.S. International Trade Commission
started trade investigations on Chinese seamless steel pipes, which
was perceived as a stab in the back by those who had expected
decreased trade friction. Since Obama's healthcare plan has had a
hard time in Congress, he has found it find difficult to suppress
fear in the United States over trade with China. In fact, the
downfall of the United States' economy and position as the world's
economic leader will not come about through trade with China, but
rather through profound ills in the U.S. financial and economic
system and the U.S.'s democratic and foreign predatory politics.
However, China's real concern is not increased trade frictions with
other countries, but rather the depreciation of the U.S. dollar,
which has led to a corresponding depreciation of the RMB. This
depreciation will cause a rise in the price of imported goods and
attract more 'hot money' into the market, creating more inflationary
pressure, which needs to be avoided."

3. U.S. POLICY

"U.S. media constantly challenging President Obama these days"

The official Communist Party international news publication Global
Times (Huanqiu Shibao)(11/04)(pg 1): "Obama, a President of
idealism, has encountered great difficulties in international
politics over various issues, including the quagmire in Afghanistan,
the impasse in the Middle East, the deadlock over the Iran issue.
Chinese expert Zhou Shijian said that Obama wants to continue to
show the world his ideas for change for the future, but faced with a
large number of difficult issues, his hesitation has brought more
perplexity to the U.S. than at any time before. Is the U.S. facing
a decline? Chinese expert Jin Canrong argued that this is not a
decline, but rather just a difficult time for the United States.
Pan Rui, a professor at Fudan University, said that the financial
crisis, which has had a major impact on the West, has turned out to
be a strategic opportunity for China. Mr. Zhou concluded that the
greatest loss for the United States during this crisis has been that
the world has lost faith in the Washington model and instead some
have shifted their attention to China."


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