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By firstname.lastname@example.org - Posted on 17 February 2008
Obama has not layed out his specifics for China.
We know that he regards China as a "competitor" to be reckoned with.
We know that Obama co-sponsored legislation to pressure China into re-valuing its currency and renegotiating trade terms.
He also independently penned a letter to the Treasury Secretary encouraging action be taken with regard to the trade imbalance and currency issues.
Obama was a founding member of the Senate China working group.
So, all that is to say we know that this is an issue Obama has been actively engaged in, and if his past is any indication, he intends to use pressured negotiations to keep China in check.
ILLINOIS SEN. BARACK OBAMA "China is a competitor, but they don't have to be an enemy as long as we understand that they are going to be negotiating aggressively for their advantage. And we've got to have a president in the White House who's negotiating to make sure that we're looking after American workers. That means enforcing our trade agreements. It means that, if they're manipulating their currency, that we take them to the mat on this issue. It means that we are also not running up deficits and asking China to bail us out and finance it, because it's pretty hard to have a tough negotiation when the Chinese are our bankers."
There's a very good speech on his website that you can read or watch here: http://www.barackobama.com/2007/04/23/the_american_moment_remarks_to.php
It includes this.
"And as we strengthen NATO, we should also seek to build new alliances and relationships in other regions important to our interests in the 21st century. In Asia, the emergence of an economically vibrant, more politically active China offers new opportunities for prosperity and cooperation, but also poses new challenges for the United States and our partners in the region. It is time for the United States to take a more active role here - to build on our strong bilateral relations and informal arrangements like the Six Party talks. As President, I intend to forge a more effective regional framework in Asia that will promote stability, prosperity and help us confront common transnational threats such as tracking down terrorists and responding to global health problems like avian flu."
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