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New changes also occur in eon UK-US ties (2)
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11:00, August 01, 2007

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Prime Minister Gordon Brown, nevertheless, has his own unique style. Upon his assumption of office, he repeatedly underscored that he would meet challenges for change in both his domestic and foreign policies. In the past, however, a new British prime minister would usually try to cotton up to the US President, but Brown silently altered the tradition. Upon the assumption of his premiership, the first foreign leader he met was Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, and his first foreign trip brought him to Germany and France. Brown did so in a low profile and this implies not only his discreet but sagacity, since he has to satisfy the appetite of British voters and not to offend and annoy Americans as well.

Moreover, Brown has given prominence to new emphases to show his outstanding, refined manner as a new leader. Of course, he has to talk with Bush on the indispensable topics on Iraq and Afghanistan and the Iranian nuclear enrichment program, on which he can only promise to keep the existing set policies in these aspects. But he will make a big issue of the world trade, peace in Darfur, climate changes and the global war on terror and underlined the clear-cut British stances and the possible accords to be reached by British and American leaders.

To further extend the special UK-US ties, Brown has to think of and prepare for the "Post-Bush era". With the upcoming 2008 US Presidential campaign already in sight, both the Republican Party presidential nominations and Democratic Party nominations are locked in heated arguments. After his meeting with incumbent President Bush, Brown is expected to meet with prominent figures of both Republican and Democratic parties, call at Capitol Hill and play up to the surfaced president candidates like Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton.

As compared to the Blair era, the U.S. policy of the Brown government "looks neither united nor different," noted analysts here. One point is obvious nevertheless, that is, Brown indeed has to "walk on a tightrope": to go on retaining the unique, traditional ties with the U.S. while freeing itself from any heavy political prices; and to further enhance its relations with Germany and France while keeping itself from being bogged down and sunk too deep. As how Brown will make new moves in the two spheres, it hinge on the international situation in the years ahead and his own smartness, talents and capability.

By People''s Daily Online

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