China state paper says Obama no revolutionary

The Chinese government has avoided comment on the U.S. presidential contest, but the commentary in the overseas edition of the People's Daily shed a little light on how the ruling Communist Party views the prospect of Democratic Party hopeful Obama winnin

China state paper says Obama no revolutionary
China's top state newspaper said on Monday Barack Obama is unlikely to bring the dramatic changes that he has promised if he wins the U.S. presidency and that his rise confirms, rather than challenges, racial divisions.

The Chinese government has avoided comment on the U.S. presidential contest, but the commentary in the overseas edition of the People's Daily shed a little light on how the ruling Communist Party views the prospect of Democratic Party hopeful Obama winning the November election.

In the view the party's mouthpiece, Obama is unlikely to usher in a promised transformation of Washington politics if he beats the Republican contender, John McCain.

Obama has opposed the Iraq war but is less clear about how and when he would remove U.S. troops, the paper said in a front-page commentary by a senior editor.

"Nobody believes that such a complex problem can be resolved by just relying on a resolute stance," the editor Ding Gang writes. "The same problem faces any transformation in the economy, social security and education."

The overseas People's Daily is a small-circulation offshoot of the Party's top paper, and it often issues more forthright views than the main domestic edition.

"Both (Obama and McCain) will play the reform card, and both will in many ways be under the same constraints and find it difficult to demonstrate major differences," the paper said.

It also took a dim view of the idea that African-American Obama's rise as a serious presidential contender was a symbol of growing racial harmony.

""Rather than calling him a representative of American racial harmony, it would be better to call him a symbol of assimilation," the paper said.

"Obama has not broken through America white's sense of superiority. Rather, his emergence has bolstered that sense."

Reuters
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