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Cablegate: Media Reaction: U.S.-China Relations; 2/3-4/10; Buenos Aires

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS; 2/3-4/10; BUENOS AIRES

SUMMARY

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1. Local and other international news overshadowed U.S.-China
conflicts, with only two newspapers printing articles from their
own journalists, and the rest using news wires. All articles
speculated on possible Chinese retaliation and questioned U.S.
motives for "provoking" the disagreements. While most portrayed
China and the U.S. as equals, left-leaning, pro-government Pagina
12 contrasted U.S. military and political superiority with the
economic threat posed by China. End summary.

2. Largest circulation daily Clarin's special correspondent in
Beijing, David Brunat, wrote (2/4) about the U.S. three front
attack against China involving Google, Taiwanese weapons, and the
Dalai Lama. While the article contains mostly facts and quotes
from China's Foreign Minister, Brunat criticizes the U.S. for
"aggravating China's bee hive" and opening up a "Pandora's Box" of
possible Chinese retaliation.

http://www.clarin.com/diario/2010/02/04/elmun do/i-02133069.htm

3. Left-leaning, pro-government daily Pagina 12 speculated (2/3)
on possible Chinese retaliation against the U.S., such as "flooding
the world's markets with dollars and Treasury bonds" leaving the
U.S. between its "rampant fiscal deficit and the wall."
Nonetheless, Pagina 12 notes that while China can damage the U.S.
economy, it still cannot dispute the military and political power
of the U.S.

http://www.pagina12.com.ar/diario/elmundo/4-1 39501-2010-02-03.html

4. Right-leaning La Nacion, independent El Cronista, and
conservative Ambito Financiero published (2/3) news wire stories,
along with pro-government Buenos Aires Economico publishing its own
article, regarding the increased tension between China and the U.S.
All articles quoted China's Foreign Minister warning the U.S. of
"seriously hurting Chinese-U.S. relations" if the U.S. sells
military weapons to Taiwan and President Obama meets with the Dalai
Lama. La Nacion also quoted White House Deputy Press Secretary
Bill Burton reaffirming that the U.S. considers Tibet part of
China.

http://www.lanacion.com.ar/nota.asp?nota_id=1 228897

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