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Anti-China election talk may harm ties (3)

By Tan Yingzi  (China Daily)

08:43, October 08, 2012

Yan Xuetong, director of the Institute of International Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing, said the candidates' accusations of China "stealing" American jobs have a negative impact on China-US relations and undermine the cooperation between the two countries.

On security and military matters, former ambassador Roy said both the US and China have a legitimate right to develop defense, but the next American president should control the growing military build-up.

"The question is how much is enough?" Roy said. "I think the next American president and the current American president have a responsibility to try to bring an unconstrained competition over military capabilities between the Chinese military and the US military under control. Otherwise we are going to pour trillions of dollars into a competition which is not driven by the reality of the differences that we have with China, that simply don't justify that high level of spending."

On the attitude towards Chinese investment, experts agree that Chinese money is a good thing for the American economy, but Washington needs more transparency in its review process on foreign investment.

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the US has rejected several high-profile deals from China in recent years over concerns about national security.

Last Friday, President Obama blocked the proposed purchase of a wind farm in Oregon by a Chinese company on the grounds that it could damage America's national security interests.

"I think they (CFIUS) make mistakes," said Chas Freeman, chairman of Projects International and a leading China hand.

"They do it on a fairly routine basis, and they reflect fair amount of paranoia within the Beltway that's quite contradicted by attitudes in the country at large."

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