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09BEIJING628 2009-03-11 09:40:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Beijing
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MEDIA REACTION: U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS, TIBET, CHINA POLICY

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS, TIBET, CHINA POLICY

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1. U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS

"U.S. companies' moves to export helicopter engines to China,
receives doubts"

The official Communist Party international news publication Global
Times (Huanqiu Shibao)(03/11): "American company, Honeywell,
recently said that it will export engines to a Chinese manufacturing
company. This arouses doubts from the American media and analysts.
They are worried that China will use the engines for military
purposes. Chinese experts indicate that some Americans always doubt
China's motives when importing electronic and machinery equipment.
After China participated in the WTO, the U.S. canceled its annual
limitation list of things that cannot be exported to China, because
it violates fair trade. However, the U.S. has imposed limitations on
exports in other ways, like revising bills and enlarging the
definitions of sensitive techniques. China always obeys the promises
it makes concerning technical imports. What's more, the designs for
engines built for civilian use are not sensitive. China has no need
to steal from the U.S."



2. TIBET

a. "The Dalai should not interfere in mundane politics"

The official Communist Party international news publication Global
Times (Huanqiu Shibao)(03/11): "The Dalai is a special religious
leader. He always dresses in a monk's robe. He always communicates
with politicians who do not understand Tibetan Buddhism at all.
Their topics for conversations are not focused on religion but on
Tibet's political arrangement and China's human rights. It is a
well-known fact that old Tibet was a feudal serfdom which mixed
religion and politics. At that time, Dalai was more than just a
religious person. The Dalai, who was later exiled, is more a
politician than a religious person. For the most part, he was not a
religious figure. During the 50-years that he has been exiled his
social activities have been closely connected with politics. Many
Western people don't understand Tibet's current situation. But Dalai
has not told the world the truth. The Dalai is a rarely-seen
religious person because he is always standing on the opposite side
of the issue than the central government. He is a political person
who has been exiled and who is being used as a chess piece for the
West when they deal with China. The Dalai's mistake is that he can't
admit he has misjudged the situation. He had hoped the West would
help resume the old Tibet's mixture of a religious and political
system; and he does so at the West's urging. He knows the West is
using him. However history is not easily twisted. If Dalai really
cares about the Tibetan people's happiness, he should be a real
religious person."



3. CHINA'S POLICY

a. "China should be cautious of being pompous"

The official Communist Party international news publication Global
Times (Huanqiu Shibao)(03/11): "Americans recently brought the
concepts of the G2 and 'Chimerica'. These concepts have made some
Chinese people believe that the U.S. and China will be able to deal
with each other from an equal platform. China's strength is not
powerful enough to build a G2 with the U.S. Although China has been
the third largest economic body of the world, the U.S. total GDP has
been several times that of China. China is left far behind on money
per capita. China's overseas position is also not enough for China
to be a power country. China should take the international
responsibilities within its capabilities. The current financial
crisis has brought a new round of voices puffing up China's
influence. In fact the impact of the financial crisis is limited.
The U.S.' role as a super power will not change. Economic crisis
also doesn't change the picture that the U.S. is strong and China is
weak. After the financial crisis broke out, the U.S.-Europe-Japan
cooperation will be the mainstream resolution. China should clearly
recognize its own strength and abilities. Although China's strength
and influence has increased to a certain level, it is still not
enough to save the world or stand as an equal to the U.S."

b. "The 'hawk' theory is unhelpful for China's diplomacy"

The official Communist Party international news publication Global
Times (Huanqiu Shibao)(03/11): "Earlier there has been an article
speaking about China's need for more 'hawkish' diplomacy. However,
this theory only represents the needs of the ordinary people,
without looking at the strategic view. This is a representation of
the ordinary Chinese people's patriotism. However, it is not
reasonable to upgrade this theory to the level of national policy.
First, can the Hawks really represent the country's interests? The

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lesson, exampled by the U.S., where they returned from cannonball
diplomacy to cooperation, is an example for China. Second,
diplomatic strategy and techniques are not the Hawks' specialties.
Third, is being tough all-important? Politicians should consider the
national interest first instead of their own feelings. China doesn't
need more Hawks, or Doves, but needs the growth of national strength
and the development of diplomatic strategies and tactics."

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