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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - U.S.-China Relations

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STATE FOR I/RF, PA/PR/FPC/W, IIP/G/EA, EAP/PD, R/MR,
EAP/J, EAP/P, PM;
USTR FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE;
TREASURY FOR OASIA/IMI;
SECDEF FOR OASD/PA;
CP BUTLER OKINAWA FOR AREA FIELD OFFICE;
PACOM HONOLULU FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY ADVISOR

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TAGS: OIIP KMDR KPAO JA
SUBJECT: TOKYO MEDIA REACTION - U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
AND IRAN

1. LEAD STORIES: All Thursday morning papers gave top
or front-page play to Prime Minister Hatoyama's one-on-
one debates in the Diet on Wednesday with the leaders
of the opposition parties.

2. "U.S. to Clearly Demonstrate Its Position of
Attaching Importance to Human Rights" The business-
oriented Nikkei wrote from Washington (2/18):
"President Obama plans to meet with the Dalai Lama
today at the White House. Although the meeting is
intended to demonstrate the U.S.'s position of placing
importance on human rights issues, China appears to be
prepared to take retaliatory measures. The number of
sources of conflict between the U.S. and China,
including such issues as Internet censorship and trade
friction, is growing.... The President is apparently
planning to convey to the Dalai Lama his determination
to continue to take up China's handling of Tibet in
future talks with China. This appears to be intended to
demonstrate both at home and abroad his policy of
confronting issues that make China nervous."

3. "U.S. Accelerating Creation of Coalition against
Iran" The liberal Mainichi reported from Washington
(2/18): "Secretary of State Clinton pointed out on
Tuesday in Saudi Arabia, the last stop of her tour of
the Middle East, the 'growing influence' of Iran's
Revolutionary Guards. Her recent statements, including
one on Monday in which she said that 'Iran is becoming
a military dictatorship,' have escalated the sense of
crisis in the international community. This is intended
to accelerate the creation of a coalition against Iran
by enlisting the cooperation of China, which has been
hesitant about sanctions, and to deter Israel from
attacking Iran."


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