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Title: POSITIVE OFFICIAL REACTION, MUTED PRESS REACTION

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SUBJECT: POSITIVE OFFICIAL REACTION, MUTED PRESS REACTION 
TO SECRETARY'S SPEECH ON ASIA-PACIFIC MULTILATERALISM 
 
REF: A. STATE 2965 
     ¶B. STATE 4128 
 
Classified By: Political Minister Counselor Aubrey Carlson for reasons 
1.4 (B/D). 
 
¶1. (C) SUMMARY:  An MFA official responded positively to the 
Secretary's January 12 speech on Asian regional architecture, 
inviting further bilateral discussion on how best to build 
effective regional institutions.  Stating that differences 
among Asian states made an EU-like structure untenable, our 
MFA interlocutor suggested the U.S. and the PRC work "step by 
step" to develop durable regional institutions.  PRC media 
outlets offered limited reaction to the Secretary's speech, 
viewing it primarily through the lens of recent bilateral 
differences.  END SUMMARY. 
 
Positive Official Reaction 
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¶2. (C) The PRC viewed the Secretary's January 12 speech 
positively and was interested in engaging with the United 
States in further discussion on Asian regional architecture, 
MFA Policy Planning Department International Situation 
Analysis Division Director Chen Yanjun told EmbOffs January 
¶14.  The PRC did not seek to push the United States out of 
Asia -- and did not have the capacity to do so even if it 
wanted -- but rather sought to deepen cooperation with the 
United States on developing strong regional structures.  Chen 
added that cooperation channels already existed in APEC and 
other regional institutions that could potentially be 
expanded.  Chen highlighted ASEAN plus one (ASEAN plus China) 
and ASEAN plus three (ASEAN plus China, Republic of Korean 
and Japan) as effective regional structures. 
 
¶3. (C) The PRC remained open to the eventual establishment of 
one comprehensive Asian regional structure, but Asia was not 
Europe, MFA's Chen said, noting that large disparities in 
economic development as well as cultural and historical 
differences made quick progress toward a European Union-like 
structure unrealistic.  Instead, Chen suggested, the PRC and 
the United States should promote a gradual, step-by-step 
approach in the development of durable Asian regional 
structures. 
 
Muted Media Reaction 
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¶4. (U) PRC media commentary on the Secretary's January 12 
speech was sparse.  PRC media viewed the speech primarily 
through the prism of recent U.S.-PRC differences, with the 
nationalistic Huanqiu Shibao (circ 1.5 million), a newspaper 
sponsored by the Party daily, Renmin Ribao, commenting 
January 14 that "Asia has become America's diplomatic 
hornet's nest."  (NOTE:  This comment appears against the 
backdrop of recent PRC media criticism of U.S. arms sales to 
Taiwan.)  The Beijing Youth Daily January 14 highlighted the 
Secretary's statement that America's future is linked to the 
future of the Asia-Pacific; and the future of the 
Asia-Pacific depends on America.(Note: Embassy PAS sent more 
in-depth media analysis to EAP/PD January 14.) 
HUNTSMAN