China -- again the villain in US election

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  1. Galaxy

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    China -- again the villain in US election

    AKRON, Ohio - Barack Obama on Thursday played the anti-China card beloved of US presidential candidates, covering his flank against the more direct Beijing bashing of his Republican foe Mitt Romney.

    Obama announced in Ohio, a swing state and an engine of the American auto industry, that his government had filed a World Trade Organization complaint against tariffs on US$3 billion of US autos entering China.

    "Just this morning, my administration took a new action to hold China accountable for unfair trade practices that harm American automakers," the president said near Toledo, home to General Motors and Daimler Chrysler plants.

    Officials denied he was playing politics -- but criticizing the Asian giant is an easy applause line as voters chafe at the flight of US jobs abroad.

    However, Obama's move was fairly tame, especially compared to the rhetoric of Romney who brands the president a "supplicant" to the communist giant.

    In fact, Obama aired US grievances without hot rhetoric directed at Beijing and followed established practice for using the WTO to usher Beijing into a rule-based international system.

    Obama has previously complained over China's subsidies for its auto parts sector, slapped tariffs on Chinese tire imports and lodged a case against Beijing's export restrictions on rare earth elements used in hi-tech products.

    Hammering Obama on China makes sense for Romney, as he fans resentment over the president's management of the US economy with which Beijing is inextricably linked.

    Romney is also seeking a window to skewer Obama on an area of perceived strength: foreign policy.

    While Romney can vent at Beijing, Obama is constrained by his responsibility to steer perhaps the most important and complex diplomatic relationship in the world.

    Still, the fanfare around his WTO move -- including a front page leak to an Ohio newspaper -- shows concern that China can make for dicey domestic politics.

    China is also a campaign device for Obama, highlighting Romney's time as a venture capitalist when he reportedly helped firms "pioneer" the transfer of US jobs overseas.

    "You've got to give Mitt Romney credit," Vice President Joe Biden said recently in Iowa. "He's a job creator -- in Singapore, China, India."

    Romney has joined the long tradition of candidates, including Bill Clinton who lambasted the "Butchers of Beijing," who seek to exploit an incumbent president on China.

    He has vowed to prevent a "Chinese century" pledged to brand Beijing a currency manipulator on Day One of his presidency and to throw obstacles in the way of China's rise to "regional hegemony."

    "Candidate Obama may talk a tough game on standing up to China and fighting for American manufacturing -- but President Obama just hasn't delivered," said Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul on Thursday.

    But just as there is a tradition of lashing Beijing on the stump, there is precedent for presidents to tone it down once elected.

    Top Chinese leaders, increasingly wise to the ways of US politics, are understood to have told Obama that they expect a measure of anti-Beijing rhetoric in the US election.

    But Beijing seems interested in a return of managed stability after November -- evident in the negotiated exit from a crisis over blind dissident Chen Guangcheng, who took refuge in the US embassy in Beijing.

    History would suggest things will smooth over next year.

    For all of Clinton's raging against Beijing for instance, he was the president who steered China into the WTO, doing more than any other leader to assure its rise as an economic superpower.

    In 2008, candidate Obama said president George W. Bush should boycott the Beijing Olympics.

    But the next year, President Obama enjoyed a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

    Romney's rhetoric though may have made an eventual walk back more difficult.

    "He is putting himself into a box," said Julian Zelizer, a professor of history at Princeton University, suggesting that Romney is playing a "dangerous game."

    And Romney could be ridiculed as a flip flopper early in his presidency if he climbs down immediately, said Zelizer.

    China bashing may also have greater consequences than in the past when China was merely a prospective power.

    Beijing now has the capacity, and often the inclination to thwart US foreign policy -- a capability exemplified by the current diplomatic drive to force Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power.

    So Romney, who could take power in January needing China's help on issues including North Korea and Iran, may pay a price down the road.

    And should Obama win in November, plain sailing for US-China ties is hardly a given.

    At the APEC summit in Hawaii in November, Obama vented frustration at China's yuan policy, telling President Hu Jintao that Americans were "impatient."

    And despite Obama's assurance that he does not want to "contain" China, his decision last year to deploy US Marines to Australia caused Beijing to bristle.

    - AFP/ir


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  3. kickok1975

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    To be qualified as a villain to US, that country must reach a very significant importance that even the sole super power in the world feels unease and has to start containing it, making it a scapegoat in order to delay and prevent its future progress.

    In this regard, China has made some real progress. Keep going China, better be a villain than a puppy.
     
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    India is also doing well, at least better than Japs. they mentioned India, even only one word.
     
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    China simply needs another evil empire like Soviet Union to distract the US attention. India can be one.
     
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    This time around, China is the evil empire! :troll:
     
  7. no smoking

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    Unfortunatelly, this evil empire is the biggiest supplier of daily goods for USA;
    it is also the biggiest foreign buyer of USA debt;
    it is one of the top customers of USA;
    it is the biggiest manufacutring base for most of USA multinational companies;
    worst of worse, it is the biggiest hope for USA's exportation.
    So, no matter what you call it, you have to sleep with it in the same bed for a long long time.
     
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    agreed but their must b some consession from china toward india regarding pakistan i think this the bigest hinderance in sino indian relation if that resolved rest r small issues which they solve if this doesnt happens new delhi will b in american team it will b worst case for china till now thanks india has avoided any allaince.
     
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    Well, China won't give any consession to india unless india offer some consessions because all of three countries know that india can't be USA's ally.
    Put it in a simple way, USA can't afford what india asks: dominance in india ocean, which is even more important than west pacific strategically to USA.
     
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    wat consession china asking for we not arming ur enemies, we huge trade deficit with u, we doesnt ally with any one against u.
    but chinese arms our enemies, we asked them to invest in india to overcome trade deficit which they r not evn listening. regarding dominance in indian ocean come out of dream the whole world know india is the only dominant power in indian ocean and america is asking us to play same role in south china sea and gess wat we r coming with veitman, PH , America, australia, japan, s korea etc it just a begning may china lives in la la land
     
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