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Cablegate: Media Reaction: Arms Sales to Taiwan, Rmb Appreciation

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: ARMS SALES TO TAIWAN, RMB APPRECIATION

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Editorial Quotes
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1. ARMS SALES TO TAIWAN

a. "The United States threatens to be tougher on China"

The People's Daily-sponsored and internationally-focused commercial
news publication Global Times (Huanqiu Shibao)(02/05)(pg 1):
"President Obama's remarks to be tougher on China on trade issues
seems to have started a new battlefield with China, following
Internet freedom, the RMB appreciation, arms sales to Taiwan and
meeting the Dalai Lama. A Chinese expert said that when the U.S.
slaps China in the face one time, it is just like the U.S.; however
when it makes slaps China's face four times, the U.S. is acting like
an arrogant Saddam. Reuters said that China's tough stance shows,
along with China's growing economic strength, that it is more
confident in its political power. However, almost none of the
Western media reporters seem to understand or realize that China's
hard-line stance is to defend its national interests, and that under
the circumstances, China has no other choice. Sun Zhe, the director
of the Center for Sino-U.S. Relations Research at Tsinghua
University, said that now Sino-U.S. relations seem to be in a
head-lock. Both the United States and China feel wrongly-treated
and indignant. As to the Google incident, Sun said that since
Google still has economic interests in China it is unwilling to be
the U.S. government's representative. Now the U.S. has asked other
multinational companies to take a stand; aimed at making a
collective stand and increasing their pressure on China."

b. "China hopes that the United States and China will work toether
to safeguard China- U.S. relations"

The official intellectual publication Guangming Daily (Guangming
Ribao)(02/05)(pg 8): "Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ma
Zhaoxu said that the United States should 'take China's stance
seriously and work with China on common goals.' When asked whether
China-U.S. tension peaked over the arms sale combined with Obama's
possible future meeting with the Dalai Lama, Ma Zhaoxu stated, 'I
want to reaffirm that sound China-U.S. relationship requires both
nations' joint efforts. The key is respecting each other's core
interests and concerns.' Ma called on the United States to abide by
the principles of the three joint communiqus and the recent
agreement reached by the two presidents to safeguard the overall
bilateral relationship.

c. "Do not expect the U.S. to give up arms sales to Taiwan"

The official Xinhua News Agency international news publication
International Herald Leader (Guoji Xianqu Daobao)(02/04)(pg 3):
"Chinese Rear Admiral Yang Yi said each time that China protests,
and each time the U.S. comes over to solve the dispute; the
bilateral relations will be resumed. However, this time is
different. China needs to punish the U.S. China will adopt
further, updated and more effective countermeasures so that the U.S.
can feel the pain. Ge Laiyi, senior researcher at the Center for
American Strategy and International Strategy Studies, said that it
is still unclear what China's red line on arms sales to Taiwan is.
Some American aviation companies have become concerned about China's
sanctioning measures; announcing that they are trying to stay
outside the issue of Sino-U.S. relations. Mr. Ge also said it is
impossible for China's countermeasures to stop the U.S. arms sales
to Taiwan. Meng Xiangqing, professor of the Institute of Strategic
Studies at China's National Defense University, said that China
should give the United States a timetable for the cessation of their
arms sales to Taiwan. The United States should make clear when they
plan to finally stop selling arms to Taiwan. In ten years time,
when China's national defense strength is enhanced and matches that
of the U.S., then China could have the ability to have a showdown
with the U.S. over this issue."

2. RMB APPRECIATION

"Obama's 'GDP variation point'"

Guangdong 21st Century Publishing Company Ltd.'s business newspaper
21st Century Business Herald (21Shiji Jingji Baodao)(02/05)(pg 2):
"Arms sales to Taiwan, standing ready to meet the separatist, as
well as threatening to put pressure on the RMB exchange rate; all
these actions seem to show that Obama has changed his 'moderate
image' overnight. Obama's attitude appears to have made an obvious
turnaround just as his GDP variation point. Because the U.S.'s GDP
has had rapid and successive growth for the last two quarters, Obama
has changed his previous mediator-like ways. His continuously
falling public support rating has made him search for a point of
focus that would allow him to win back public support and attention.
The RMB appreciation topic rises to that occasion. Obama will need
the RMB appreciation issue to offset the increase of China's

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imports; otherwise he will not complete the White House's 'ten-year
moderate growth plan' and 'unemployment control.' Obama does not
care very much about whether or not the Chinese will continue hold
U.S. debt. The depreciation of the dollar is a long-term trend. We
must be aware that the future trends and development of the
Sino-U.S. economic relationship will be the real variable in the
RMB's exchange rate."

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