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The Straits Times, Singapore
October 23, 2012

Romney vowed to press China harder on trade and currency issues but toned down earlier rhetoric, following warnings his approach could spark a trade war.

"We can be a partner with China. We don't have to be an adversary in any way, shape or form," he said, despite his vow to brand Beijing a currency manipulator on day one of his presidency.

Earlier story:
http://rigzone.com/news/oil_gas/a/121547/Romneys_Comments_on_China_Are_Willful_Attacks

Romney's Comments on China Are 'Willful Attacks'

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's caustic comments on China have resulted in a strong backlash from authorities in Beijing.

During his campaign in Virginia Thursday last week, Romney vowed once again to brand China as a currency manipulator on his first day as president should he win the White House.

China's state-owned Xinhua News Agency responded Friday stating that Romney's comments are "willful attacks."

"The presidential candidates should be mindful of going too far in bashing China, if they feel they must do so in order to win votes, because the specificity of their promises will leave them with few options but to follow through," Xinhua News Agency wrote in its published opinion piece.

China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs had published an official statement earlier on its website Sept. 1, 2012 requesting Romney to "stop making groundless accusations against China."

Industry watchers are however of opinion that Romney's view is not an extreme case.

"I don't see much of a policy divide between an Obama II and a Romney administration," Dr. Euan Graham, a senior fellow in the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies told Rigzone in an Oct. 19 interview.

"Most presidential candidates talk tough on China, but once in office the President's freedom of maneuver on U.S.-China relations tends to be more limited," Graham added.

Graham views are also echoed by other industry watchers. Steven Okun, who chairs the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce, was quoted as explaining that Romney's statement was simply "campaign rhetoric" in an Oct. 9 article published in The Straits Times.

"I don't think there will be a difference between a Romney administration and a second-term Obama administration when it comes to China," Okun said.
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General Discussion / Monday night's Presidential debate on foreign policy
« Last post by rebelinabluestate on October 22, 2012, 10:34:24 pm »
Who do you think won the Oct. 22 Presidential debate on foreign policy?
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General Discussion / Saturday Night Live
« Last post by kboman on October 22, 2012, 11:47:01 am »
This past weekend's episode of Saturday Night Live spoofed the tense second presidential debate. Check it out! http://www.hulu.com/watch/415485#i1,p0,d2
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General Discussion / Opinion: Presidential election result wont change US-Asia ties
« Last post by ProEnergy on October 19, 2012, 04:24:07 pm »
Asia's relationship with the United States will not change regardless of who occupies the White House after the Nov. 6 election, according to two experts at a recent panel discussion organized by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA). Does this seem true or is this thinking oversimplified?
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General Discussion / Drilling for oil on federal land
« Last post by ProEnergy on October 19, 2012, 04:17:57 pm »
RE: the last debate--Obama and Romney clashed over a series of issues. Several media outlets said the most dramatic moment was when the two candidates stood just a few feet apart "almost eye-balling" each other during a discussion about the lack of drilling for oil on federal land. What did you think about the outcome?
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General Discussion / Energy Source of the Future
« Last post by ProEnergy on October 18, 2012, 05:03:34 pm »
During the last debate Obama said "we've got to make sure we're building the energy source of the future, not just thinking about next year, but 10 years from now, 20 years from now. That's why we've invested in solar and wind and biofuels, energy efficient cars." How big of a role should these other sources really be playing alongside fossil fuels?
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General Discussion / Job Outlook
« Last post by ProEnergy on October 18, 2012, 04:46:43 pm »
What would be your ideal candidate's preferred philosophy regarding JOB CREATION?
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General Discussion / Did Obama stand by his 'use it or lose it' statement?
« Last post by rebelinabluestate on October 16, 2012, 04:42:50 pm »
In an '08 town hall debate against McCain, Obama said "I believe in the need for increased oil production. We're going to have to explore new ways to get more oil, and that includes offshore drilling. It includes telling the oil companies, that currently have 68 million acres that they're not using, that either you use them or you lose them." Where do you think he stands four years later, and do you think he's stood by these words?
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General Discussion / Re: Score for Romney?
« Last post by rebelinabluestate on October 15, 2012, 03:03:34 pm »
I think that Romney won hands-down. Although Romney is saying things energy-wise that will gain support from a pro-industry base I do wonder if Obama will get a lot of credit from undecided voters who have an incomplete understanding of the oil and gas industry. After all, domestic oil and gas production did increase significantly on Obama's watch...regardless of whether he actually had anything to do with it. Does anyone think that Obama could get a "free ride" on the energy issue based on the production numbers?
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