China-US ties seen smooth under Obama presidencyChina-US ties should remain steady under an Obama presidency, due largely to Washington's need for cooperation on the global financial crisis from an increasingly powerful Beijing, experts said.
Obama, who won office on Tuesday, criticised Chinese trade policies during his campaign, but not in particularly strident terms.
And with myriad other problems to face, including two wars and the US financial meltdown, his attention will be diverted from such concerns as China's currency policy and its military build-up, analysts said.
"It should be a very smooth transition. Obama is not a president who ran against China," said Professor David Zweig, an expert on Chinese foreign relations Foreign relations may refer to:
By contrast, he said, the campaigns of the past four US presidents, with the exception of the elder George Bush, all featured tough words for Beijing.
"This could be the smoothest transition since 1980," Zweig said.
The need to coax China into global efforts to address the world financial crisis could force Obama to mute criticism on other issues, observers said.
"Obama will not try to project China in negative terms," said Bahukutumbi Raman, a fellow with India's Chennai Centre for China Studies.
"With the US facing a meltdown, China is much needed in terms of the financial and economic clout it can bring to bear on the crisis," he added.
China's Communist leaders are widely viewed as favouring Republican presidents over Democrats due to the perception that the latter's ties to American unions make them more vocal about trade practices that impact on US jobs.
The Bush administration has done little to dispel this belief.
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Criticisms of China's currency policy -- which are seen as giving Chinese exporters a competitive advantage -- were relayed frequently but politely.
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"I expect that Obama will move closer to China sooner than most presidents have," he said, adding that a visit to China was likely early in his administration.
Certain Obama policies also could help foster ties, particularly his call for cuts in US greenhouse gas greenhouse gas
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Despite Chinese calls for developed nations to lead the way, Bush has resisted such cuts, and China could gain from a more cooperative approach by Obama, especially if it leads to transfers of environmental technologies.
"These are the world's two top emitters of greenhouse gases," said Zhu. "Obama could leverage American power to influence China here in a really effective way. This could provide a new field in which to cooperate."
In the end, Obama must take heed of the fact that China today is stronger and more confident than when his predecessor took office eight years ago, said Raman.
"I think relations could very well be better under Obama, but it doesn't really matter who is president. You cannot be on China's wrong side anymore," he said.