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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

1. LEAD STORIES: All Monday morning papers gave top or
front-page play to a former vice governor's victory in
Sunday's gubernatorial election in Nagasaki.

2. "Friction Should Not Negatively Affect Cooperative
Relationship between U.S. and China" The moderate
Yomiuri editorialized (2/22): "Friction has arisen
between the U.S. and China since the beginning of this
year over such issues as the cyber attacks on Google,
Internet censorship in China, the U.S. decision to sell
arms to Taiwan, and Tibet.... President Obama met with
the Dalai Lama despite repeated criticism from China in
order to demonstrate to China and the rest of the world
the U.S.'s position of respecting such values as
freedom of religion, human rights, and Tibetan
culture.... The U.S. and China have repeatedly switched
between 'confrontation' and 'improvement' in their
bilateral relationship for the past 30 years. However,
their economic ties have deepened to the point that
they are now referred to as the 'G-2.'... If the
current friction between the U.S. and China continues,
it might affect issues involving Iran, which continues
to conduct its uranium enrichment. China holds the key
to whether the UN will be able to adopt a resolution on
additional sanctions on Tehran. The confrontation
between the U.S. and China should not affect
international efforts to resolve such key issues as
climate change and the global economy. The two nations
must return to the spirit of building up 'strategic
mutual trust' that they agreed on at their leaders'
meeting last autumn."

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