Cablegate: Media Reaction: U.S.-China Relations, War On Terror, North
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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS, WAR ON TERROR, NORTH
1. U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
a. "China declares anti-missile interception successful"
The official Communist Party international news publication Global
Times (Huanqiu Shibao)(01/12)(pg 1): "Experts said that this is the
first time that China has announced its anti-missile experiment
results to the world. A Global Times poll revealed that 99% Chinese
netizens are supportive of China's anti-missile system. Yang
Chengjun, a missile expert, said that China's actions are not
directed against any country. However, the actions of some
countries, whose actions undermine China's peaceful reunification,
are also noteworthy. China's timely showcase of some of its
strength sends the signal that China is not only determined, but
that it also has the ability and means to protect its national
security and core interests. Professor Jin Canrong at People's
University of China said that he thinks China's anti-missile
interception experiment is irrelevant to U.S. sales of Patriot-3
missiles to Taiwan because that missile is defensive, not offensive.
He also said that China has the right to develop an anti-missile
system, which is a necessary step for its military modernization.
China always advocates for a defensive military strategically. The
anti-missile system doesn't change this; it strengthens it."
b. "U.S.-China relations need to overcome trade frictions"
The China Radio International sponsored newspaper World News Journal
(Shijie Xinwenbao)(01/12)(pg 2): "A trade war between the United
States and China would be a catastrophe for international trade and
the two countries. This is the biggest concern of the 'post
financial crisis' era. If China retaliates, U.S. companies within
China will complain, which will be too hard for Obama to handle.
Therefore, the United States should not be too complacent or too
demanding when trading with China. Under these circumstances,
mainstream scholars should not take actions which are against the
general trend, such as stating one's irrational opinions on the
issue. Meanwhile, Sino-U.S. relations are not so easily talked ill
of by one or two scholars. No matter what, the relationship needs
to overcome its trade frictions."
2. WAR ON TERROR
"A large-scale encirclement and suppression of Al Qaeda in Yemen: at
present the U.S. government has no intention of sending U.S. troops
The official Communist Party People's Daily (Renmin Ribao)(01/12)(pg
3): " Giving up on sending troops to Yemen meets the U.S.
counterterrorism strategy's new requirements. Since Obama took the
office, he made a major adjustment to the previous U.S.
counterterrorism strategy of President Bush's time, withdrawing
troops from Iraq and emphasizing the improvement of the U.S.' image
in the Islamic world. Sending troops to Yemen will undoubtedly
influence the global counterterrorism deployment of the U.S. What's
more, regarding Yemen's complicated geographic situation, by not
sending troops to Yemen the United States can avoid another 'Afghan
War'. Not sending troops also shows that, due to the lack of
counterterrorism resources, the United States does not have very
3. NORTH KOREA
"The economy of the DPRK remains slow; sanctions urgently need to be
The Beijing-based newspaper sponsored by official intellectual
publication Guangming Daily and Guangdong Provincial official
publication Nanfang Daily The Beijing News (Xin Jing Bao)(01/12)(pg
A24): "Jin Canrong, the Deputy Dean of the School of International
Studies at Renmin University, said there are three reasons that the
DPRK expressed willingness to rejoin the Six-Party Talks. First,
the DPRK leaders need the international community to lift sanctions
so that the DPRK economy can recover. Second, the attitudes of the
United States toward the DPRK have changed and the two countries may
privately make mutual promises. Third, China, as a mediator, has
made great efforts to coordinate with the United States and the
DPRK. Professor Jin also said that more sincerity from the United
States is needed if substantial results are expected to be achieved
from the Six-Party Talks. The current, temporary, truce agreement
between North and South Korea doesn't have legal binding power.
Only when North Korea signs a peace agreement with South Korea, can
the U.S. consider it official."