U.S. election

Beijing Stays Silent as U.S. Awaits Election Results

As the United States waits for the substantive results of the 2020 presidential election, official Chinese channels are staying quiet. On U.S. election day, censorship authorities ordered media to follow the lead of state...

Experts assess prospects for US-China relations

People’s Daily has interviewed four experts on U.S. policy about prospects for U.S.-China relations over the next four years of another Bush administration. The full report is here. In another recent article, People’s Daily interviewed Taiwan relations experts on potential changes in the Bush administration’s Taiwan policy: “Observers of the cross-strait situation believe faced with […]

China in Full Damage Control After Scathing Qian Comment

An article by Inter Press Service explains how what should have been an especially pain-free US election for China turned into a diplomatic crisis after China Daily published Qian Qichen’s article criticizing Bush’s policies. The Chinese government is now doing damage control, and several domestic papers have published articles lauding Bush’s reelection. The full report […]

So long US, hello China, India

Another article (along the same lines as the IHT piece blogged earlier today) from Asia Times details the US failure to keep up with the momentous changes in Asia, as it focuses almost exclusively on Iraq while India and China wield increasing influence throughout the region: “Potentially the West remains a useful counterweight, yet US […]

Chinese polite, but not cheering

From the Australian: “Privately, senior Chinese officials were said to be hoping for a John Kerry victory, because the Democrats are seen as better disposed to China. Despite progress in the relationship during his presidency, Mr Bush has never quite been forgiven for changing China early in his first term to the status of ‘strategic […]

U.S. to Question China About Bush Comment

AP (via: Las Vegas Sun) reported today: “The State Department will ask the Chinese government about a former senior Chinese official who was quoted as accusing President Bush of trying to “rule over the whole world.” The quotes in the China Daily, an English language state newspaper, were attributed to Qian Qichen, a former vice […]

China harshly critical of Bush Doctrine

From AP, (via Globe and Mail): “On the eve of the U.S. presidential election, China accused U.S. President George W. Bush of trying to “rule over the whole world,” saying the invasion of Iraq destroyed the global anti-terrorism coalition and worsened religious and ethnic conflicts. The strikingly pointed criticism from a government that Washington calls […]

Kerry ‘accuses Beijing of blocking HK’s democratic aspirations’

Although China has rarely been mentioned in the US presidential campaign, candidate John Kerry gave an interview to Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily, in which he condemned China’s crackdown on democracy in Hong Kong, and promised to raise the issue with Chinese leaders if elected on Tuesday: “Beijing hasn’t completely fulfilled the autonomy and political rights […]

The failure of China-bashing in US elections

Fan Gang wrote on Taipei Times today: “With China’s rapid growth increasingly affecting a wide range of issues worldwide, it has become expedient for US presidential candidates to blame China for some domestic problems in the US. But in this year’s US presidential election campaign, China-bashing has been virtually non-existent. There are good reasons for […]

Iraq is a sideshow beside China’s mighty challenge

In Newsweek, another article about how China (and the rest of Asia) is being ignored in the U.S. presidential election campaigns. Fareed Zakaria writes: “The US presidential debates are lauded for having been substantive and revealing. In particular, people have noted how rare it is to have a serious discussion about foreign policy these days. […]

China forgotten in the US presidential contest

From India’s The Statesman website: “It might well be true that the relationship with China has never been better. This is progress. The first choice must indeed be a peaceful, economically productive, relationship. Only if that is pursued will the atmosphere within China become conducive to improvements in justice, human rights and democratic participation. But […]



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