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Similar views voiced on China (3)

By Tan Yingzi in Washington and Zhao Shengnan and Wu Jiao in Beijing  (China Daily)

08:30, October 24, 2012

Both Obama and Romney want good relations with China, said Niu Xinchun, vice-president of the Institute of American Studies at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations.

The reaction was analytical on Sina Weibo, China's largest micro-blogging platform.

Zhou Anli, editor at the website of business magazine BNET China, said on her micro blog on Tuesday that it's unnecessary to pay too much attention to their words since what's important is how many promises can be realized after the election.

A CNN poll showed that 48 percent of Americans believed Obama won the debate against 40 percent for Romney.

"I think both did well tonight, but Obama did better," said Bonnie Glaser, Asian security expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

"Romney's views on China and his policies, if elected, remain unclear. He continues to insist he would label China a currency manipulator on day one in office, but he seems to appreciate the need for a cooperative relationship with China overall."

Since taking office in January 2009 there have been an unprecedented number of high-level exchanges between Chinese and US officials, including 12 meetings between President Hu Jintao and Obama.

US-China Business Council President John Frisbie said Washington should focus more on engagement with China instead of confrontation.

"Both presidential candidates have said they will 'get tough' on China, but evidence has shown that the best way to make progress is through comprehensive engagement and legal action — not political rhetoric," he said.

A recent survey by the council shows that more than 90 percent of US companies invested in China mainly to serve the Chinese market, not to outsource production and export back to the US.

Since 2000, US exports to China have soared 542 percent against just 80 percent to the rest of the world.

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