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World press views 'tsunami diplomacy'

The global response to the Indian Ocean tsunami has prompted newspapers in the region and worldwide to consider its implications for international relations.

Many are positive about the way that the international community has rallied, and hopes are expressed for Thursday's aid summit in Jakarta.

But political motives are seen behind US actions, and there are suggestions that some in the region and the Muslim world have been slow to pull their weight.

For the first time in human history, a disaster has involved so many countries and nations... This means the 26 December 2004 tragedy has marked the emergence of globalised disasters and aid.

Malaysia's Utusan Malaysia

This urgent disaster relief operation may become a diplomatic trial of strength among several strong and formidable countries, and certain big powers may use disaster relief to extend their influence and win international friendship.

Malaysia's China Press

Unfortunately, rich Islamic countries have done little to offer help, particularly to Aceh. Members of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference should be offering assistance to every victim, regardless of their religion.

Malaysia's Berita Harian

India's refusal of aid for the tsunami disaster has been both polite and reasonable... Refusing the money is a gentle reminder to the world of India's potential. Such an image is important for an aspirant to a seat in the UN Security Council.

India's The Telegraph

That the catastrophe was of this scale and that generous contributions have come from countries around the world will provide the UN the opportunity to prove itself capable of making a real difference in improving people's lives and livelihoods, and thereby to demonstrate its unique position and continued relevance.

Thailand's The Nation

The 26 December catastrophe shows clearly that governments in Asia do not have any anticipatory equipment or early warning system at all. Through this international meeting initiated by President Yudhoyono, we hope Asian countries will change their mind about disasters.

Indonesia's Pikiran Rakyat

World leaders must raise the issue of a global contingency plan at their meeting in Jakarta. This plan might also contribute to closer relationships between countries and thus to increased global understanding and security.

Denmark's Jyllands-Posten

Never before has the world shown such a will to help after a natural disaster.

Sweden's Sydsvenska Dagbladet

You read nothing about how much the billionaires of Thailand and Indonesia have donated. The fact that we are donating is good, but there is no reason why we should not be asking what is being done in the countries themselves.

Germany's Berliner Zeitung

Anger has been directed in concentrated form against the US administration, as if somebody responsible for the tragedy had been found. Anti-American thinking is always in season, even on the occasion of a natural disaster.

Austria's Die Presse

The tsunamis that wreaked so much destruction are also reshaping the world's political geography, and for the better. The terrible events of 26 December have already moved the US to acknowledge a broader, more realistic, view of how to fight terrorism.

Australia's The Sydney Morning Herald

The tsunami catastrophe presents the Australian government with an excellent opportunity to advance the national interest. But to maximise it we must act in cooperation with like-minded allies, such as the US, in helping our South-East Asian neighbours rather than subordinate our aid effort to the orders of the UN.

Australia's The Australian

A donation of 60m dollars is nothing for developed countries like the US and Japan. But for a developing country with a large population like China, it is a large sum. China's donation shows that it has become a good friend to South-East Asia.

China's Renmin Ribao

When the US proposed an alliance of donor countries to deliver aid, President Bush named Japan, Australia and others which are all long-term US strategic allies, but he did not mention China.

Hong Kong's Singtao Daily

If the tsunamis do promote a new sense of shared responsibilities throughout Asia, it may be the only positive element to emerge from one of the cruellest misfortunes the region has yet faced.

South Africa's Business Day

We Arabs have failed in war as we have in peace. We have also failed all democratic and human rights tests - and here we are now adding fresh failure to our human rights record by not responding effectively to the tsunami victims.

London-based Arabic Al-Quds Al-Arabi

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