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Cablegate: Media Reaction: Iran, Haiti, and China; 2/19-22/10; Buenos

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: IRAN, HAITI, AND CHINA; 2/19-22/10; BUENOS
AIRES

SUMMARY

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1. Opinion articles about U.S. policy regarding Iran, Haiti, and
China filled weekend newspapers in Argentina. The Director of the
Simon Wiesenthal Center in Buenos Aires warned against Iran's
increasing influence in Latin America, which is "legitimizing"
Iran's President. Another article strongly praised U.S. relief
efforts in Haiti, while Argentina's largest-circulation daily
printed USAID Administrator Shah's opinion article highlighting
U.S. assistance. Additionally, a flurry of opinions dramatized the
strained tensions between China and the U.S. End summary.

IRAN'S INCREASING SHADOW IN LATIN AMERICA

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2. Sergio Widder, Simon Wiesenthal Center's Director for Latin
America, wrote an opinion article (2/19) in center-right Perfil
headlined "Iran's shadow grows in Latin America." Widder claims
there is a "bloc of countries (allied to Iran) seeking to export
the Iranian revolution," with Bolivia, Venezuela, and Nicaragua
forming the core. Widder writes that Venezuela's support for Iran
included obstructing an investigation into the 1994 AMIA bombing in
Buenos Aires after Argentina requested the extradition of former
Iranian officials in connection with the investigation. The
article also voices opposition to Brazilian-Iranian cooperation,
which is "legitimizing" the government of Iran's President
Ahmadinejad.

http://www.perfil.com/contenidos/2010/02/19/n oticia_0044.html

U.S. EFFORTS IN HAITI

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3. Praising the "comprehensive approach and the determination" of
U.S. actions in Haiti, Gilberto Rodrigues opined in Perfil (2/21)
that Washington regained an image of leadership in "good causes" by
"delivering a global message." Rodrigues highlights the strong
mobilization of non-governmental organizations in the U.S. that are
helping Haiti's reconstruction. However, Rodrigues also observes
that due to the U.S., MINUSTAH "no longer plays the main role" in
Haiti, and hopes that this change does not make Haiti "a new
battleground for hemispheric hegemony."

http://www.perfil.com/contenidos/2010/02/21/n oticia_0011.html

4. Clarin, Argentina's largest circulation daily, published
(2/22) USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah's opinion article detailing
the actions of the U.S. in Haiti.

http://www.clarin.com/diario/2010/02/22/opini on/o-02144991.htm

INCREASED CONCERNS REGARDING U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS

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5. Proclaiming that "Chinese fury starts new Cold War," Perfil
published an article on 2/20 saying China "firmly condemned Obama's
meeting with the Dalai Lama." Quoting Chinese Foreign Ministry
spokesman Ma Zhaoxu as saying the Washington meeting was "an
intervention in Chinese internal affairs" and "hurt the China's
feelings," the article notes Zhaoxu asked Washington to take steps
to "eliminate the damaging" effects of the summit. In separate
article with the headline "The Fourth World War," Perfil says it
will be difficult to predict "how this new diplomatic row might
end."

http://www.diarioperfil.com.ar/edimp/0445/art iculo.php?art=19994
&ed=0445

6. On 2/20, Clarin's correspondent in Beijing says Obama tried to
downplay the Dalai Lama visit, by not receiving him in the Oval
Office and not giving a press conference after the meeting. Clarin
notes "those efforts were not enough" and China issued "tense
statements," including a formal complaint to U.S. Ambassador to
China Jon Huntsman.

http://www.clarin.com/diario/2010/02/20/elmun do/i-02143973.htm

7. An opinion article in Clarin (2/20) referring to a "new
bipolar" world states growing frictions between Beijing and
Washington have "narrowed the possibility of synergy between both
giants." The article, signed by journalist Marcelo Cantelmi, claims
these tensions are the initial signs of a "phenomenal global
readjustment," which has been sped up by the economic crisis. It
highlights the "dropping relative strength of the U.S.," which
generates conflicting signs for other interests close to the
conflict, such as Iran and Israel. Additionally, the article
quotes a story in The Economist as saying the U.S. "is unprepared
to negotiate from a position in which it lacks superiority."

http://www.clarin.com/diario/2010/02/20/opini on/o-02143967.htm

To see more Buenos Aires reporting, visit our classified website
at:

http://www.state.sqov.gov/p/wha/buenosaires
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