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UPDATED: 08:27, November 09, 2006
Democrats 'will be more flexible on DPRK, Iraq'
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Increasing US casualties and costs in Iraq have caused many people to turn their backs on the Republican Party, according to a Chinese expert on US politics.

Wang Yusheng cited a recent CNN survey showing more than 60 per cent of respondents opposed to the Iraq War, and supportive of a US withdrawal by the end of year.

"The figures and the successes of anti-war candidates have certainly given a warning (to the Bush administration) in the mid-term election," Wang said.

Wang Yizi, professor with Shanghai-based Fudan University, was quoted by Dongfang Daily as saying that Democrats will take different approaches to international issues compared with Republicans.

He said Democrats would show more flexibility in nuclear talks with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and mobilize Iraq's neighbouring countries to help solve the problems there.

"No matter how different the two parties might be, the Democrats and the Republicans still face the same situation, as the United States has already gotten bogged down in Iraq and needs to get out badly," Wang Yizi said.

Wang Yizi also commented on Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's election as the speaker of the House of Representatives.

Known for holding some prejudice against "made in China" products, he said her position on human rights and the trade deficit might have an impact on Sino-US trade relations.

David Brady, deputy director and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, also noted that human rights issues will come up once Pelosi takes over as speaker of the house.

An expert on the US Congress and congressional decision-making, Brady said that the Democrats would place more emphasis on job protectionism. US labour unions will also become more influential, he told China Daily on Monday in Beijing.

"The trade deficit between the United States and China will feature more. There will be the claim that American jobs have gone to China, etc... none of which is true," he said.

However, Brady believes that the Democrats' will not change the current US policy towards China.

"There will be a switch, more on protectionism and less on free trade," Brady said, "But the policy itself won't change in the short run."

Source: China Daily

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