China-US ties seen smooth under Obama presidency

China-US ties should remain steady under an Obama presidency, due largely to Washington’s need for cooperation on the global financial crisis from an increasingly powerful Beijing, experts said.

Obama, who won office on Tuesday, criticised Chinese trade policies during his campaign, but not in particularly strident terms.

Chinese President Hu Jintao at a G8 press briefing in Sapporo ... 
Chinese President Hu Jintao at a G8 press briefing in Sapporo in early July. China-US ties should remain steady under an Obama presidency, due largely to Washington’s need for cooperation on the global financial crisis from an increasingly powerful Beijing, experts have said.(AFP/File/Jewel Samad)

And with myriad other problems to face, including two wars and the US financial meltdown , his attention will be diverted from such concerns as China’s currency policy and its military build-up, analysts said.

By Dan Martin, AFP

“It should be a very smooth transition. Obama is not a president who ran against China,” said Professor David Zweig, an expert on Chinese foreign relations at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

By contrast, he said, the campaigns of the past four US presidents, with the exception of the elder George Bush, all featured tough words for Beijing.

“This could be the smoothest transition since 1980,” Zweig said.

The need to coax China into global efforts to address the world financial crisis could force Obama to mute criticism on other issues, observers said.

“Obama will not try to project China in negative terms,” said Bahukutumbi Raman, a fellow with India’s Chennai Centre for China Studies.

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