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Press hails 'polite' Rice diplomacy
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Chinese President Hu Jintao
Rice visited China as part of a week-long Asian tour

The visit to China by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is viewed by mainland dailies as a demonstration that, despite differences, the two countries can do business.

Some commentators, however, take issue with Washington's insistence on siding with Taiwan on the so-called anti-secession law - which permits China to use force if Taiwan moves towards independence. A Taiwanese paper fears the island may be used as a "bargaining chip" by Washington.

China, US voice commitment to fortify ties, resolve disputes in respectful manner.

Headline in Beijing's Renmin Ribao (People's Daily)

Peace and development in Asia-Pacific and especially East Asia has gradually become an issue that greatly concerns the US... Due to regional, security and economic considerations, US diplomacy in East Asia is different from its methods in the Middle East: it does not mind multilateral means, and shows more restraint and politeness.

Beijing's Xin Jing Bao (Beijing News)

US Secretary of State Rice's visit to China has provided a good opportunity for the US to consolidate Sino-US relations during Bush Jr's second term in office, and for China and the US to achieve a 'common win' which serves the interests of both countries.

Shanghai's Diyi Caijing Ribao (business paper)

Under Rice's leadership, the Department of State is carrying out an adjustment of its policy-making framework, and all sorts of signs indicate that this adjustment will be the voice spoken by the Department of State for the next four years, and that this voice will show the president's will and aspirations even more.

Report in Beijing's Zhongguo Qingnian Bao (China Youth Daily)

The basic conclusion of the new US policy in Asia is: China's diplomatic and economic influence is rising, and US influence is falling.

Comment in in Beijing's Zhongguo Qingnian Bao

Why has the US slandered the anti-secession law so loudly, and done its utmost to propagate China's military threat? There are two possible reasons: first, to consolidate the military alliance with Japan and South Korea, and strengthen strategic relations with India and Pakistan; and second, to get concessions from China in exchange, such as forcing China to exert pressure on North Korea.

Article in Beijing's Zhongguo Qingnian Bao

The anti-secession law is certainly not an attempt to start a war, but is aimed at curbing the self-serving actions of secessionist forces in the name of national law; in the long run, it is to avoid a war. Therefore this legislation, regardless of its motive, or its practical significance, is beyond reproach.

Beijing's Jiefangjun Bao (Liberation Army Daily)

The US should be vigilant in the face of attempts by 'Taiwan independence' forces to tie the US to its tanks, and drag the US down. China's hope that the US will support the anti-secession law is also a reminder of its goodwill towards the US.

Hong Kong's Wen Wei Po (Beijing-backed)

Rice should insist that it is impermissible to use 'non-peaceful means' or military force of any kind against Taiwan. Taiwan's interests should be safeguarded and not used as a bargaining chip in Washington's policy efforts to engage China.

Taipei's Taiwan News

If the anti-secession law indeed poses a crisis for Taiwan, it also presents a way for us to turn the challenge into an opportunity. Beyond contemplating military intimidation, Beijing also offers a wide range of proposals for reconciliation.

Taipei's The China Post

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