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Obama Unlikely to Change China Policy: Say Analysts
    2008-11-06 16:01:24     CRIENGLISH.com

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Special Report: US Presidential Election 2008

As major trading partners to each other, China and the US have enjoyed two-digit growth in bilateral trade during the past years. With a Democratic President coming to office soon, will the Administration redraw the trade policy with China, and how will that affect the Sino-US relations?
U.S. Ambassador to China Clark Randt has been in China for seven years. Knowing that bilateral trade is deeply rooted and closely interconnected, he says he is quite optimistic about the future development of the U.S.-China relationship. "Well, I think here in China our relationship is getting better and I hope it will continue," says Randt.

Noting that the United States and China have long been important trade partners, James Zimmerman, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, said, as Obama's first major task will be saving the U.S. economy, the new president was sure to enhance economic cooperation with China. Zimmerman pointed out that the key priority with the new administration is the economy, so China will play a very important role with the new administration's efforts to resolve the economic crisis.

With myriad other problems to face, including wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, many believe Obamas attention will be diverted from concerns such as China's currency policy, an issue which he had touched on during this presidential campaign.

Wang Yizhou, a professor of international politics and economics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, predicted the U.S-China relationship will not change much during Obama's presidency, as the two nations have already fixed consensus on many important issues such as pushing forward free trade negotiations.

He said, The two countries are interdependent in many aspects, such as trade and economic cooperation. No matter which party takes the lead or who becomes U.S. president, they will not shatter the established structure of the U.S.-China relationship. I also believe that Obama will help maintain sustainable development and cooperation between the two countries."

Obama said prior to the election that he has a good knowledge of China, as he spent part of his childhood in Hawaii, which is home to many Chinese residents. This experience has won Obama the trust and support of many Chinese immigrants there. However, other Chinese experts are concerned over the attitude Obama will actually take toward China after he assumes office. Professor Zhu Feng from the Peking University noted, "While Obama was campaigning for the presidency, he made some negative remarks about China to appeal to voters. We are waiting to see what kind of difference there will be between presidential candidate Barack Obama and U.S. President Barack Obama."



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