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Presidential debate takes on China - and China viewers react

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 02:17

Oct. 23 - China has been the target of tough rhetoric throughout the US presidential debates - and the final exchange was no exception. What do professionals based in China think of the candidates' views? Tessa Dunlop reports.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MITT ROMNEY SAYING: "I've watched year in and year out as companies have shut down and people have lost their jobs because China has not played by the same rules." (SOUNDBITE) (English) SUSTAINABILITY SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY CONSULTANT, ADA SHEN, SAYING: "I'm just glad to see that both candidates from their respective sides sort of addressed points that were not too China bashing." (SOUNDBITE) (English) EXPORT NOW CEO, FRANK LAVIN, SAYING: "I thought interestingly also, both candidates were somewhat similar in their view of China, which was they both articulated their desire for a friendly relationship and a positive relationship, but they both also sounded words of caution." (SOUNDBITE) (English) TONGJI UNIVERSITY DEPUTY DEAN OF SCHOOL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, QIU HUAFEI, SAYING: "I think the President Obama, he understands China is very important partner of the United States international community, the international issues. On the other side, Governor Romney, he is a governor. Maybe I think in my opinion he is not familiar with the international affairs." (SOUNDBITE) (English) EXPORT NOW CEO, FRANK LAVIN, SAYING: "Look I personally support Romney, so I have to put my cards on the table. I just think because he's the candidate of economic growth, but I also think that is meaningful both for U.S. foreign policy and for U.S. trade relations is that your starting point has to be that the U.S. economy is growing and working and hiring." (SOUNDBITE) (English) CO-CHAIR, ICT FORUM, AMCHAM CHINA, BOB FONOW, SAYING: "I think Romney had a certain hostility to Russia and China and other places that we've had as enemies in the past. And I don't think we need any more enemies. America needs friends." (SOUNDBITE) (English) TONGJI UNIVERSITY DEPUTY DEAN OF SCHOOL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, QIU HUAFEI, SAYING: "There will be no risk, because everyone knows this is the domestic American politics." (SOUNDBITE) (English) EXPORT NOW CEO, FRANK LAVIN, SAYING: "You can dial up friction, you don't always get the results you want, but on ther other hand, neither side looks for ways to escalate or to let this fire burn out of control, so I don't think you'll get a trade war out of it, but you may not get the results out of it you want out of it either."

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Presidential debate takes on China - and China viewers react

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 02:17