John Lee, a visiting fellow at the Center for Independent Studies in Sydney and the author of “Will China Fail?”, writes about Beijing’s relationship with the new Obama administration. From The International Herald Tribune:
In contrast to the general rush in most parts of the world to congratulate Barack Obama and hail a new era of American leadership, an initially muted response from Beijing followed by an outburst in the state-run China Daily immediately after the inauguration is significant.
It suggests that he enthusiasm with which Obama was received in Europe will not be replicated in China, at least not in the Communist leadership. On the contrary, the new president may well fan old Chinese fears, pointing to difficult times ahead in the most important bilateral relationship for the world.