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Cablegate: Media Reaction: Finance, Korean Peninsula, China And

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: FINANCE, KOREAN PENINSULA, CHINA AND
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Editorial Quotes
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1. FINANCE

"U.S. political whip wounds Sino-U.S. trade"

The official Communist Party international news publication Global
Times (Huanqiu Shibao)(12/23)(pg 14): "Growing Sino-U.S. economic
and trade ties seem to have been beaten by a whip. This whip is in
fact the American people's 'political calculation.' U.S. high-tech
exports to China have been impeded by this whip. Chinese people who
want to do normal business or acquire companies in the U.S. are
under constant political interference. Recently, the United States'
St. Eugene Mining Corporation Ltd. announced that a Chinese mining
company was forced to abandon its takeover offer since the Committee
on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) will propose
stopping the transaction to Obama. Just as it did four years ago,
history is repeating itself. Due to the obstruction of the CFIUS,
the acquisition of American Unocal Corp. by China National Offshore
Oil Corporation (Cnooc) has failed. It seems that there is still
the same political mentality in the minds of some people in
Washington. Chinese businesses are often monitored by Washington's
'political radar' even when they are trying to do business in a
third country. If the U.S. government can break this political whip
they could focus more on the positive side and bring the United
States more opportunities. "

2. KOREAN PENINSULA

"The situation on the Korean Peninsula is becoming complex once
again"

The official Communist Party People's Daily (Renmin Ribao)(12/23)(pg
13): "Chen Xiangyang, a researcher of the Division for Korean
Peninsula Studies at the China Institute of Contemporary
International Relations, pointed out that the confrontations and
disputes between the DPRK and South Korea over the sea boarder, as
well as the restoration of a military hotline indicates that each of
the two countries has their own agenda. South Korea would like to be
seen as the 'victim' of the DPRK's 'provocation' and the DPRK wants
to highlight the necessity for negotiations and peace agreements on
the Korea Peninsula. All these facts indirectly remind the United
States that based on their 2007 meeting with South Korean and DPRK
leaders, they must convert the armistice mechanism for the Korean
Peninsula into a peace mechanism."

3. CHINA AND COMBODIA

"Cambodia's repatriation of Chinese has nothing to do with aid"

The official Communist Party international news publication Global
Times (Huanqiu Shibao)(12/23)(pg 3): "Considering the Western
accusations following Cambodia's repatriation of 20 illegal Chinese
Xinjiang Uighur immigrants, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman
Jiang Yu said, 'the relevant accusations against us are groundless.
China and Cambodia have maintained a comprehensive partnership of
cooperation and we have provided aid to Cambodia within our
capacity. This aid has no strings attached... According to my
knowledge, some of the Uighurs are suspects in criminal cases.' Zhu
Yuzhu, an English editor of Cambodia's Jianhua Daily [a Cambodian
newspaper run by Chinese Cambodians], said that there is nothing
wrong with a sovereign state making a decision which considers its
national interests. If the United States can abandon so-called
universal values like human rights to make a compromise in Cambodia
[a reference to Sen. John Kerry' letter to the U.S. Congress Human
Rights Commission on the rule of law and human rights issues in
Cambodia], then why can't Cambodia make its own choice out of its
own national interests. Moreover, such a choice is made within the
law."


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