Xinhua carried an article, originally published in Beijing Evening News, which suggested that Hillary’s departure may help to improve the US-China relationship. The article stated that, during her four year term, Hillary shifted the U.S. focus back to the Asia pacific region and upended the U.S. attitude towards China. As Secretary of State, she had a strong influence on the President’s foreign policy. The article said that Hillary belongs to the group that holds hostile feelings toward China. It also suggested that Kerry, as Hillary’s replacement, may be easier to deal with. The article also speculated that U.S. foreign policy toward China may remain unchanged despite how different Kerry’s personality is.
Source: Xinhua, Feb 1, 2013