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Cablegate: Media Reaction: State of the Union Address, War On Terror

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS, WAR ON TERROR

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Editorial Quotes
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1. STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

a. "Obama shouted that the United States won't be the second in the
world"

The People's Daily-sponsored and internationally-focused commercial
news publication Global Times (Huanqiu Shibao) (3/14)(pg 1): "In
President Obama's 71-minute State of the Union address on January
27, he almost spent all of the time on domestic issues and only left
9 minutes for international issues. In the address, he repeatedly
emphasized promoting domestic employment. A CNN poll revealed that
more than half of all Americans believe that the United States has
been moving in the wrong direction. Despite Obama's embarrassing
current situation, President Obama, as the best orator amongst
international politicians, mobilized the Americans in a very
passionate tone of voice. He even stimulated domestic unity by
saying the U.S. must lead China and India. A Swedish professor said
that it is unacceptable for the Americans that Obama has given up on
his spirit of adventure. Also, more than risk taking, the Americans
also have a heroic mentality. Although Obama took office with the
slogan of 'change,' believing it would be successful for him, he did
not really know the hearts of the American people. In fact it's so
hard for him to change the spirit of the Americans. Obama's medical
reform plan and his tough stance against Wall Street have both
violated the spirit of the Americans. Obama's new foreign policy,
which, although it has improved the image of the U.S., has damaged
the heroic image of the U.S., is something that the Americans won't
accept. Obama will adjust his policies soon, for example, he will
take a tough stance in foreign policy. China is obviously the
target for the American's spirit of adventure and risk taking
mentality. For a period of time, Sino-U.S. relations will be
anticlimactic, which is in fact normal and we don't need to be
worried about."

b. "President Obama: Change is not easy"

The official popular newspaper Beijing Youth Daily (Beijing
Qingnianbao) (3/14)(pg B3): "President Obama made his first State of
the Union address on January 27, in which he advocated employment as
his primary task. Obama, who is known for his calmness, gave the
address like an impassionate soldier. Hoping to change his declining
situation via the address, by using sharper words he hoped to
re-gain the American people's good impression and trust. He
mentioned China twice in his address. Is he referring to China as
an object to learn from or as an opponent? Quite different from
Bush's addresses, Obama gave more emphasis on employment and
economic recovery. A Chinese expert said that Obama also showed
respect and admiration as he talked about China. He even took China
as a good example for the development of the clean energy industry.
The U.S. feels a sense of urgency when seeing the development of
China, India and Russia. Meanwhile, the U.S. upholds a
contradictory attitude toward China. It treats China both as a
cooperating partner and as an opponent. Obama's policy on job
creation, foreign trade development and export expansion may
challenge the Sino-U.S. economic relationship. Especially if the
U.S. once again brings forward the appreciation of the RMB, the
trade war may be upgraded."

2. WAR ON TERROR

a. "The United States is focusing on retreating unscathed"

The official Communist Party People's Daily (Renmin Ribao) (3/14)(pg
21): "The Afghanistan Conference in London is focused on paving the
way for the United States and its allies to retreat unscathed from
Afghanistan. It's not easy to come, neither easy to stay, thus it
is also hard to retreat unscathed. At this time it requires all
parties to sit down and negotiate. Retreating from Afghanistan is
not only a common view of the U.S. and its allies, but also relates
to their domestic political situations. The war in Afghanistan has
been a hot potato for the U.S. government for a long time; and a
headache for U.S. society. To ensure the Afghan Karzai government
is stably operating is a prerequisite for a safe retreat. However,
there are a number of uncertainties. Under the leadership of the
United States, from a development point of view all concerned
parties began to resolve the Afghanistan issue. This approach will
tackle the root of the problem but it will slowly take effect."

b. "Western China's security should not be relaxed"

The China Radio International sponsored newspaper World News Journal
(Shijie Xinwenbao)(4/2)(pg 2): "After the United States announced
its surge in troops in Afghanistan, security uncertainties have
increased in Western China. The 'East Turkistan Islamic Movement'
(ETIM) remains the number one security risk for the western part of

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the country. Although currently there have been no big moves by the
ETIM, they won't give up on their efforts. The external environment
supporting their existence is still there. This requires China's
close attention. We must watch what the expanded military activities
of NATO and the U.S. military, including their increased U.S.
troops, will bring to the Afghanistan-China border. Meanwhile, the
Chinese government could make an inside effort to ensure regional
security. The Chinese central government recently launched several
initiatives to help develop this region. These initiatives will
place tremendous psychological pressure on the separatists."

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