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'World relieved' at Obama re-election


President Barack Obama has been elected to a second term, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Zhang Guoqing, a US expert with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, has said that "you cannot say that he [Obama] was too strong. One can only say that his opponent was stupid."

The BBC's world affairs editor John Simpson in Beijing, analysed what China and the rest of the world make of the US president's re-election.

China will be "relieved", he told Today presenter Justin Webb, because "you don't have a new man coming into office that has to learn on the job".

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