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China media urges Obama to improve strained ties

Published on Jan 21, 2013 2:42 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese state media said on Monday they were "cautiously optimistic" that in his second term US President Barack Obama would improve ties strained by distrust and fear.

The commentary by the Xinhua state news agency came ahead of the ceremonies for Mr Obama's second inauguration and after Beijing criticised Washington's position in an escalating territorial row between China and Japan.

"The lack of strategic trust has become the main obstacle to a mature China-US relationship," it said.

The US showed distrust, it said, by offering "covert support" to Japan over the islands, "meddling" in disputes between China and Southeast Asian countries, and boosting its military presence in the western Pacific.

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