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

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PRESIDENT OBAMA'S VISIT TO CHINA

a. "China should have the ability to shape the U.S." (pg 14)

The official Communist Party international news publication Global
Times (Huanqiu Shibao)(11/19)(pg 14): "During his visit to Asia,
President Obama has shown frankness, wisdom and a desire to move
forward as a young American leader. Suddenly confronted with a
United States that has adopted a milder attitude, China should note
several things. First, China should not become cocky over the fact
that after the financial crisis the world is praising China's
economic model and criticizing the U.S. model. Second, China should
use this moment to look for diplomatic opportunities. China always
responded to American political signals rather than take the
initiative to provide advice in dealing with the United States. In
the future, China should shift its diplomatic focus to the American
people in the U.S., leading them to give up hostility and vigilance
against China and understand China better. And third, China should
be sober enough to see the limits of the changes in U.S. diplomacy.
That U.S. diplomacy is a mixture of ideology and dealing from
strength will not change. President Obama said in Shanghai that
American students coming to study in China will greatly increase, to
100,000. However, currently there are still no relevant official
regulations, or official fund, to guarantee that in the United
States. It would be a historical progress if the U.S. federal or
state government could take effective measures to support the issue.
In this way, 'mutual study and common progress,' proposed by the
U.S. Ambassador to China, looks likes it may be about to be
realized."

b. "Wen Jiabao: China opposes a 'G2'"

The Shanghai-based Shanghai Media Group (SMG) publication, China
Business News (Diyi Caijing)(11/19)(pg A3): "Although Obama is
trying to promote Sino-American cooperation, China clearly does not
support the concept of a 'G2.' Premier Wen Jiabao talked about the
reasons: first, China is a developing country with a large
population and still has a long way to become modernized; second,
China advocates independent diplomacy and will not ally itself with
any country; and third, China insists that all countries should
together make decisions on world's affairs, instead of one or two
countries. Shi Yinhong, the Director of Renmin University's
Institute of International Relations, said that a lot of Americans
are talking about a 'G2,' which is part of the United States'
strategy to get China to do things in accordance with the
recommendations of the United States on financial, economic and
international security issues. However, the U.S. emphasis on China,
reflected by the concept of a G2, is welcomed. China will not
sacrifice relations with other countries for its relations with the
United States. China will for sure promote diplomacy of its own, a
process in which the United States is very important."

c. "The invisible concerns of building a China-U.S. partnership"

The China Radio International sponsored newspaper World News Journal
(Shijie Xinwenbao)(11/19)(pg 2): "The U.S.-China joint statement has
shown an obvious characteristic of seeking common ground while
accepting existing differences. Experts believe that the statement
is a chance for the U.S. to adapt to the era and shows the U.S.'s
temporarily positive attitude about China's rise. Both countries
have honestly stated their stances on how to deal with each other's
core interests. On issues of China's core interests, like the
Taiwan issue and trade protectionism, since China has clearly made
its stance, the bilateral frictions on these issues will decrease in
the future. However, concerning core interests of the United
States, the frictions will increase. In contrast to China, the
United States is unwilling to talk clearly about its core interests
because they are difficult to talk about. They are also vague and
mutable. Given the recent global changes, it is good for the world
that China and the United States have affirmed their partnership to
jointly address global challenges. We hope, though, that this
partnership can become more practical."

d. "The common language of partners"

The official Xinhua News Agency international news publication
International Herald Leader (Guoji Xianqu Daobao)(11/19)(pg 10):
"Cooperation in more than 20 fields and about 45 times citing 'both
sides agree' in the U.S.-China joint statement has shown that
U.S.-China relations, after 37 years of development, are at a
critical time of deep cooperation. A partnership to deal with
common challenges - a new phrase to describe new U.S.-China
relations - reflects the common hope of both countries. Sino-U.S.
relations are definitely not characteristic of the 'beautiful and
moderate' relations between big powers. Although Obama's visit to

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China ended in a cheer, the difficult task of addressing U.S.
domestic concerns and convincing the U.S. public of the importance
of Sino-U.S. relations is still ahead. It is not easy for a
President with limited diplomatic experience. Obama's visit to
China is just a beginning."

HUNTSMAN

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