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Cablegate: Media Reaction: President Obama's Visit to China

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: PRESIDENT OBAMA'S VISIT TO CHINA

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Editorial Quotes
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PRESIDENT OBAMA'S VISIT TO CHINA

A: "American and Chinese leaders emphasize strategic mutual trust"

The official Communist Party international news publication Global
Times (Huanqiu Shibao)(11/18)(pg 1): "The U.S.-China joint
statement, emphasizing the enhancement of U.S.-China strategic
mutual trust, must be the world's largest and most ambitious
political project. Obama used 'partnership' directly when
describing U.S.-China relations. This shows that he does not want
to leave anything to chance concerning his China policy and the
media. Zhao Guojun of the Shanghai Academy of Social Science said
that, "compared to the joint statement issued in 1997, this
statement contains broader and more substantive content." Military
exchanges topped the agenda, which shows the importance of military
exchanges. Once issues are resolved, afterwards, they are easy to
deal with. Professor Wang Yizhou of International Studies at Peking
University said that "the joint statement covered most fields and
most global issues, which shows that the U.S.-China bilateral
relationship has a global view and is influential in almost every
aspect of international society." The statement has brought
U.S.-China relations to an unprecedented height. Wu Xinbo, Deputy
Director of the School of International Relations and Public Affairs
at Fudan University also said that the two countries are bringing
the bilateral relationship to a new height and in a more respectful
and equal manner."

B: "Trade disputes between China and the United States will
temporarily ease"

The Beijing-based newspaper sponsored by official intellectual
publication Guangming Daily and Guangdong Provincial official
publication Nanfang Daily The Beijing News (Xin Jing Bao)(11/18)(pg
A06): "Zhu Feng, a Professor of International Studies at Peking
University, said that "the fact that the joint statement said that
both sides were preparing for an exchange of visits between top
military officials, indicates that bilateral military exchanges will
be greatly enhanced in the future." The joint statement reiterated
the urgent need to resist trade protectionism, which, in the short
run, will ease trade disputes and (emphasizes that) both countries
need to work together to find solutions. The actual schedule
brought forward by President Obama during the joint statement shows
that both sides have adopted a practical and active attitude in
solving their bilateral divergences. It is beneficial to enhance
mutual trust and cooperation."

C: "The new U.S.-China Joint Statements are very different from the
past"

The official Communist Youth League China Youth Daily (Zhongguo
Qingnianbao)(11/18)(pg 5): "The new joint statements have several
highlights: First, they emphasize the enhancement of strategic
mutual trust. The United States reiterated that it welcomes a
strong, prosperous and successful China which will play a greater
role in world affairs. Second, the United States and China
underlined that each country and its people have the right to choose
their own path, and all countries should respect each other's
choices concerning a development model. Third, the two countries
are convinced of the need to address climate change in a manner that
respects the priority of economic and social development in
developing countries. Fourth, it is crucial to respect each other's
core interests to ensure healthy development of the bilateral
relations; and fifth, enhanced cooperation on regional and global
issues, like South Asian, Afghanistan and North Korean issues, will
help fulfill the interests of both sides."

D: "The world debates the U.S. and China's exchange rate policy"

The official Communist Party international news publication Global
Times (Huanqiu Shibao)(11/18)(pg 11): "Yao Jian, the spokesperson of
China's Ministry of Commerce, said that the RMB exchange rate is
irrelevant to trade balances. Currently China must insist on the
stability of its economic and RMB exchange rate policy. Professor
Yang Fan of the School of Commerce of the China University of
Politics and Laws said that "it would be disastrous for China to let
the RMB appreciate too quickly. Then China will walk the tragic
path of Japanese history. A too quick appreciation of the RMB will
lead to asset bubbles in China. Though there are controversies
about whether or not the RMB should appreciate, U.S. and Chinese
economies, as Los Angeles Times reported, no matter whether it is
good or not, rely on each other. The best way to solve the
challenges of the two large countries in the world is through
dialogue."

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