Chinese watch US election avidly
SCRIPT: It's been an unavoidable theme on the US campaign trail. Both Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney are talking tough on China. SOUNDBITE 1 Mitt Romney (man), Republican presidential candidate (English, 12 sec): "They sell us this much stuff every year [holding up hands], and we sell them this much stuff every year [holding hands lower]. So it's pretty clear who doesn't want a trade war. And there's one going on right now. It's a silent one. And they're winning." Romney says that if elected he will label the world's second largest economy a currency manipulator. But Obama says businessmen like his opponent are to blame for outsourcing American jobs to China. SOUNDBITE 2 Barack Obama (man), US President(English, 8 sec): "Ohio, you can't stand up to China when all you've done is send them our jobs." The message has been heard loud and clear in Beijing, where students are keenly following the race. SOUNDBITE 3 Li Yang (man), Peking University Chemistry PhD student (Mandarin, 14 sec): "Mitt Romney has a harder stance on China, so I think Chinese people like Obama more." Experts doubt the threats are more than political rhetoric -- the two economies rely heavily on each other. SOUNDBITE 4 Michael DeGolyer (man), politics professor, Hong Kong Baptist University (English, 14 sec): "There's not going to be a trade war like there was in the 1930s, one of the problems today is that the United States and China are members of the WTO and the WTO by treaty limits, for example, the raising of tariffs.// Declaring China a currency maipulator is not any way to shake hands and sit down and get to business." The boisterous and unpredictable American leadership campaign is a stark contrast to the simultaneous and secretive power transition in one-party China, the new president of which will be almost certainly be Xi Jinping. But young people are only lukewarm about the alternative system -- a generational shift from the spirit of pro-democracy students massacred at Tianenmen Square in 1989. SOUNDBITE 5 Tu Zongchi (man), Peking University International Relations student (Mandarin,17 sec): "There are reasonable components in their election system, like allowing most people to participate. But the problem is that the American system wastes too much money." SOUNDBITE 6 Zheng Kailun (man), Peking University Philosophy student (Mandarin, 12 sec): "Copying the US election system may cause some technical problems in China, yet ones we should deal with, otherwise we can not realize greater democracy." By mid-November the world's two greatest powers will have designated their new leaders. How their relationship evolves will be of truly global importance. SHOTLIST: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA, OCTOBER 22, 2012, SOURCE: US POOL *NO RESALE for non-editorial purposes* VAR US presidential debate on foreign affairs SOUNDBITE 1 VAR US presidential debate on foreign affairs CINCINNATI, OHIO, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012, SOURCE: US POOL **NO RESALE for non-editorial purposes** SOUNDBITE 2 BEIJING, OCT 22 & 25, 2012, SOURCE: AFPTV Students on Peking University campus Various screen shots of Weibo sites on US election, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama SOUNDBITE 3 Various shots of Chinese newspaper articles on the US election HONG KONG, OCT 27, 2012, SOURCE: AFPTV SOUNDBITE 4 BEIJING, MARCH 5, 2011, SOURCE: AFPTV/HIKARI Ceiling of the Great Hall of the People, communist red star National anthem, shots of President Hu Jintao standing WASHINGTON, FEBRUARY 14, 2012, SOURCE: US POOL -- *NO RESALE for non-editorial purposes* VAR of president Obama and Xi BEIJING, OCT 22 & 25, 2012, SOURCE: AFPTV Students on Peking University campus SOUNDBITES 5 + 6 WASHINGTON, FEBRUARY 15, 2012, SOURCE: US POOL -- *NO RESALE for non-editorial use* - Xi Jinping entering a dining room and standing with top US lawmakers (L-R) Republican US Senator Mitch McConnell, Xi Jinping, Democratic US Senator Harry Reid BOCA RATON, FLORIDA, OCTOBER 22, 2012, SOURCE: US POOL *NO RESALE for non-editorial purposes* VAR end of US presidential debate on foreign affairs
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