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Xinhua Article Suggests Obama Follow Advice from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

Xinhua published an opinion article commenting on why Obama actively plays "luxury diplomacy" in the Asia-Pacific. The article said, “After winning the general election, Obama immediately decided to visit the countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The ‘Big Three’—the President, the Secretary of State, and the Secretary of Defense—all suddenly gathered in the same region in a period of less than 10 days. It is unheard of in the history of the United States. Why would Obama organize such a ‘luxury diplomatic team’ to visit the Asia-Pacific region?” 

The article gave four reasons: 1) to show "the will to return to the Asia-Pacific;" 2) after he won the presidential election for his second term, domestic political constraints on him weakened; 3) out of a need for the U.S. economy to recover; 4) to consolidate and expand the camp of U.S. allies. 

In its conclusion, the article expressed the main point, “There are people in the international community who cannot bear to see what Obama is doing. The always straight-talking Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez suggested on November 12 that, ‘Obama should be committed to the management of his own country and should never try to split and invade other countries.’” The article suggested to Obama, “Regarding these words, President Obama may not want to listen, but it is good advice.” 

Source: Xinhua, November 15, 2012