China and the First McCain-Obama Debate

Presidential candidates Republican and Democrat had their first debate Friday night at the University of Mississippi, in Oxford, Mississippi.  Though scheduled to be a debate focused on foreign policy, the U.S. economic turmoil shifted the conversation somewhat.

The BBC’s James Reynolds provided a brief commentary about reaction in Beijing to the first McCain-Obama debate, which was broadcast as the country was focused on China’s momentous first space walk.

“There were three fleeting references to China in this debate,” Reynolds said, “but it wasn’t one of those great topics like Russia, Afghanistan or Iraq and that will make the Communist party happy because that goes down to the party’s bedrock position of non-interference.”



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