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Views From Abroad: World Reacts to Obama’s Win

by Newsteam Staff
November 9, 2012

A man carries balloons for sale during Eid al-Adha festival in Karachi October 27, 2012. (Athar Hussain/Courtesy Reuters) A man carries balloons for sale during Eid al-Adha festival in Karachi October 27, 2012. (Athar Hussain/Courtesy Reuters)


In this week’s Views we head to Pakistan, where  Aziz-ud-Din Ahmad writes in Pakistan Today that “Unless Pakistan and US manage to remove the deep seated suspicions they entertain about one another, there is little likelihood of any significant improvement in their relations. The relations may in fact further deteriorate.” He also says of President Asif Zardari and his challenger Imran Khan in the upcoming election that:

Both Zardari and Imran Khan have expressed what they expect from Obama during his second tenure. Zardari hopes the relations between the two countries would “continue to prosper”. Imran Khan wants Obama to put an end to drone attacks and order ceasefire in Afghanistan.

An editorial in The News cites a BBC poll indicating that Pakistan was one of the few countries that would have preferred a Romney victory. The editorial argues that “President Obama has presided over the deepest trough in US-Pakistan relations in decades, and historically Pakistan has had better relations with the U.S. under a Republican president.”

The Pak Tribune reports that Obama’s reelection has infuriated Pakistani victims of drone strikes and the Daily Times notes that “Many Pakistanis fear US President Barack Obama’s re-election will mean a surge in America’s unpopular drone campaign, but for those making and selling US flags to burn at protests this could be good news.”

In China, Worldcrunch reports that mainstream media have provided relatively little coverage of either the United States election or the Communist Party Congress happening this week. The People’s Daily predicted “failure of Obama’s vows to usher in new policies” with the headline “America’s Problem: Money Politics Seldom Supports Reforms,” and  blogger Li Kaisheng attributed the Chinese public’s support of President Obama to Mitt Romney’s tough posturing on China.

Meanwhile, Ho Chi-Ping writes in China Daily that Obama’s victory is favorable to China:

The main advantage of Obama’s reelection is that his stance on China is already well known, and so no major surprises are likely in the immediate future. This in turn should help make the transition in Beijing’s leadership comparatively smooth in respect to political relationships with Washington. It will also go a long way toward assuaging concerns in the international business community, staking on a stable Sino-US relationship. Predictability and stability are prime considerations in most businessmen’s strategic decisions.

Worldcrunch also has compiled newspaper front pages and opinion excerpts from around the world. The Al Monitor also provides a roundup of reactions to Obma’s victory in the Arab press and offers up a variety of translated reactions from Iran.

–Contributing Editor Kirsti Itameri

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