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Cablegate: Media Reaction: Iraqi Oil Contract, Africa, Afghanistan

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: IRAQI OIL CONTRACT, AFRICA, AFGHANISTAN

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Editorial Quotes
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1. IRAQI OIL CONTRACT

"The West attacks China for 'reaping without sowing'"

The official Communist Party international news publication Global
Times (Huanqiu Shibao)(11/06)(pg 1): "The sentiment of jealousy over
the big order signed between Petro China Company Limited and BP
(British Petroleum) to develop the biggest Iraqi oil field is
spreading in the West. The West's criticism shows they are still
not accustomed to China's share of the world's resources. Chinese
experts believe that Western media's promotion of Western
nationalism will lead to hostility towards China, which is very
worrisome for China. Zhao Gancheng, an expert at the Shanghai
Research Institute of International Issues, said that in some
Westerner's opinion, the ideal world is a dark world, except for
Europe and the U.S. Europe and the United States always treat
themselves as the hosts of the world. Chinese expert Jin Canrong
also believes that the U.S. government hopes that China will
participate in Afghanistan and Iraq's reconstruction. Based on the
West's rules, China is being a responsible country. Those who still
believe that the West is the center of the world should be aware of
newly-emerging countries' increasing strength."

2. AFRICA

China helps build Africa while the West empties Africa

The China Radio International sponsored newspaper World News Journal
(Shijie Xinwenbao)(11/06)(pg 2): "The West is a little confused by
the unprecedented economic interactions between China and Africa.
The U.S. is mainly importing raw oil and natural gas from Africa,
which barely help develop the infrastructure and industrial
facilities in Africa. However, raw oil and natural gas accounts for
less than 20% in China-Africa trade. The exploration of resources
in Africa and a number of China's construction sites have helped to
develop the local infrastructure and facilities like power plants,
traffic controls and housing. China's economic cooperation with
Africa has brought Africa's rapid development. The forthcoming
ministerial meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation on Nov.
8th and 9th will further cooperation between China and Africa.
Whether or not the West can understand it, and regardless of how
hard they try, the deepening of the China-Africa relationship is
unstoppable."

3. AFGHANISTAN

"Is the Taliban infiltrating the Afghan military police?"

The official Communist Party international news publication Global
Times (Huanqiu Shibao)(11/06)(pg 14): "The frequent revolts of the
Afghan military police have caused the coalition troops in
Afghanistan to doubt how many Taliban are undercover within the
troop. Frequent attacks have brought doubts about the decision of
the coalition troops to withdraw from Afghanistan - which will
enable the Afghan military police to take over Afghanistan's
security affairs. In many coalition soldiers' eyes, the Afghan
military police are corrupt, take opium and are distrustful. The
West also suspects that, for the sake of supporting rebellions, the
Afghan military police have given arms to the Taliban. Meanwhile,
the coalition troops have also had frictions with the Afghan
security troops. They don't trust each other. In fact, in this
U.S.-led war, the Afghan military police are enduring the largest
casualties. Their $120 a month salary is much less than the
Taliban's bonus. Experts say that only those who are desperate will
submit themselves to the Afghan troops."

HUNTSMAN

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