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Cablegate: Media Reaction: U.S.-China Relations, China's Space Policy

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS, CHINA'S SPACE POLICY

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Editorial Quotes
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1. U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS

a. "Barack Obama's visit to China cannot avoid the 'trade
protection' embarrassment"

The Shanghai-based Shanghai Media Group (SMG) publication, China
Business News (Diyi Caijing)(11/09)(pg A4): "The U.S. recently
launched a series of attacks against products 'Made-in-China' and
therefore trade friction is becoming a common practice between the
two countries. The Chinese Consular of Commerce He Weiwen said in
New York that Obama's stance where he enhances bilateral trade
exchanges and opposes trade protectionism is only a strategic idea,
which will not influence the increasing frictions. The ups and
downs in the relationship will last for at least six months to a
year. Experts indicate that in the short term the frictions will
intensify. Although both senior-level officials have emphasized
trade exchanges and communication, the microeconomic industries are
influenced by economic rules and the increasing unemployment rate in
the United States, therefore China's exports to the U.S. will
continue to be influenced. China thinks that the U.S. is returning
to protectionism and hopes that the U.S. will not launch trade law
'421 provision' which will impose special protection tariffs on
Chinese products. China is concerned that this provision would be
widely used on more-and-more Chinese products."

b. "China will not lower its head to the U.S. because of the
upcoming summit"

The official Communist Party international news publication Global
Times (Huanqiu Shibao)(11/09)(pg 1): "The U.S. government's
behavior, collecting heavy tariffs on Chinese oil wells, has brought
U.S.-China trade frictions to a new height. Obama, who tried to
please domestic voters, hasn't considered the Chinese people's
feelings. The Chinese Commerce Ministry's countervailing
investigation on the American Car Industry was completely different
from actions in the past. China would normally try to avoid any
conflicts before the leader's visit. A Global Times poll revealed
that Chinese netizens do not hold much hope for Obama's visit. The
Chinese expert Yuan Peng said that China doesn't need to lower its
stance because of Obama's visit. Compared with when former
President Clinton visited China, the Chinese people have become more
rational and patriotic. They have a more comprehensive view about
the United States. Trade frictions are in fact the voice of
American interest groups, aiming at gaining more benefit through
pressuring the Chinese government during Obama's visit. Meanwhile,
the behavior of the U.S. ignites confrontation to certain extent,
between the two countries' people."

2. CHINA'S SPACE POLICY

"China calls for 'harmonious airspace'"
Saturday, November 7

The Beijing-based newspaper sponsored by official intellectual
publication Guangming Daily and Guangdong Provincial official
publication Nanfang Daily The Beijing News (Xin Jing Bao)(11/09)(pg
A06): "An international military forum marking the 60th founding
anniversary of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) air force closed
on November 7th. The forum, which focused on peace and development
closed with consensus on increased cooperation when tackling
challenges in airspace. PLA Air Force Commander Gen. Xu Qiliang
called for peaceful and harmonious use of the space and air by the
world's air forces. Xu called on the different countries' air
forces to enhance cooperation, exchanges and mutual trust in order
to ensure mutual safety. The two air forces should reach consensus
on issues concerning safety in both space and territorial airspace
and to improve international laws and regulations, he said. He also
called attention to the environmental protection issues to organize
and build a friendly and green airspace environment. Military
experts indicate that currently there are two branches in airspace
capability development: building space troops and space war
theories; and seeking to peacefully use outer space's capability.
Together with other countries, China is making efforts on the second
branch. President Hu Jintao's speech on the forum shows that China
is determined to always walk the road towards peaceful development
and insists on a defensive national policy."

HUNTSMAN

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