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China-bashing in GOP election campaign 'no cause for concern'

By Cheng Guangjin (China Daily)

08:27, January 10, 2012

BEIJING - Criticism of China has again become a feature of the US presidential election campaign, but tough rhetoric on the campaign trial will melt away after polling day, analysts said.

In the latest scenario, Republican presidential candidate and former ambassador to China Jon Huntsman was labeled as "un-American" for adopting daughters from China and India, said CNN.

And in Saturday's primetime debate among the candidates, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney turned rival Huntsman's service as US ambassador to China against him, according to AFP.

Analysts said due to the changing balance of power between the United States and China, US presidential candidates tend to propose tough policies on China and make China an eye-catching topic to gain votes.

Shen Dingli, director of the Center for American Studies at Shanghai-based Fudan University, said the presidential candidates have no other choice but to criticize China in the election, as the US is in a phase of relatively rapid decline.

"But such criticism is only made for the purposes of the election campaign, and the winner of the election would return to rational policies on China after assuming office," Shen told China Daily.

According to CNN, an amateur video posted on YouTube last week by self-described Ron Paul supporter "NHLiberty4Paul" questions Huntsman's "American values", shows Huntsman speaking in Mandarin and calls him the "Manchurian Candidate".

The Manchurian Candidate, written by Richard Condon in the 1950s, is a political thriller about the son of a prominent US political family who is brainwashed. The novel has been adapted twice into a feature film in 1962 and 2004.

The ad also shows images of Huntsman with his two adopted daughters - one from China and the other from India, said CNN.

Fellow Republican presidential contender Paul told CNN that he disavowed the ad and had no control of his supporters' actions.

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wende at 2012-01-1071.255.88.*
China has to read what was said and plan response during official visits. It tells you what "poisons" are brainwashing the American people. Whenever there is a chance to refute these allegations, then do it.
McCarthy at 2012-01-10206.125.64.*
Obviously with all due respect to Mr. Shen, he does not know who he is dealing with. These candidates are the scum of Capitalism. In Capitalism the cream does not rise to the top only the scum that any other decent country would throw away.

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