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Jin Canrong: A Weak U.S. President Is Not Good for Sino-U.S. Relations

While talking to a reporter from the Global Times about the U.S. political situation and its impact on Sino-U.S. relations, Jin Canrong, Associate Dean of the School of International Studies, Renmin University of China, analyzed the poor economic situation in the United States. In his analysis, Jin said that this situation is a very important reason for the escalation of the American political struggle, as it has led the voters of each party to become more extreme. In addition, psychologically, the Republicans do not accept a minority president. As for the national decline of the U.S, as reflected in the worries that appear in the media, it is mostly due to objective reasons. China’s rise places the U.S. influence in a position of relative decline. However, it is also undeniable that Obama is personally to blame for the situation. Some of his policies often sound good but are unenforceable. This places the U.S. on a sliding trajectory. For [the interest of] China, it is better that the United States has a relatively strong president. In such a condition, it is more likely for cooperation between the two countries to be carried out and for agreements to be executed. Otherwise negotiations might not make sense. Republicans may not really sue Obama, but it would embarrass Obama and make him more vulnerable and weaker. This is not a good thing in terms of Sino-U.S. relations. 

Source: Global Times, August 1, 2014