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We are ready

By Edith Leung

We have been intensively preparing for the trip for over one and a half months. After pulling an all-nighter during the flights, here we are, in the capital of America, Washington, D.C.


There were a lot of rumors after we officially announced that the six of us, five year-four students and one year-three student, were going to represent Shue Yan to cover the quadrennial presidential election in US. Some argued that they even didn’t know there was an application, while others asked why I could go as a year-three student since the application requirement listed “priority goes to seniors”.

No matter what, students should be proud of the school for organizing, for the first time, such a golden opportunity because this is the longest reporting trip we have ever had. Though I was a bit nervous about the high expectation of us, I think we will try our best to record all the things we see, hear and feel. We are ready.


A long journey to Washington DC

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By Wendy Chan

Today our journey begins. Six journalism students, with Ms Amy Wu, took the longest flight of our lives to the US capital, Washington DC. To get there from Hong Kong, we had to stop over in San Francisco; that flight took over 12 hours. On the plane, we all took naps and did some preparation work for our reporting assignments in the next few days. When we arrived in San Francisco, it was midnight in Hong Kong. We then waited at the San Francisco airport for five hours, where we went through America’s high security check and took our luggage through another security scan. We finally got to the gate and waited for the next plane to Washington DC. At that moment, we were all very tired as the jet lag hit us. Then, at around 2pm (San Francisco time), our flight to Washington DC took off. It took us more than five hours to arrive at our destination.  Interestingly, at the DC airport, we found many souvenirs of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The excitement that came from seeing the souvenirs washed away our weariness from the 24-hr flight.

We then took a shuttle to go to the hotel where we will spend our next 13 days. We were very honored to have Austin, friend of Ms Wu,  to come welcome us and be our tour guide in Washinton DC tomorrow. It will be Sunday tomorrow in the US, so we may have some time to tour the city and get familiar with the locations. We promise we will try our best to do reporting, and I hope all the parties that get involved will be rewarding. I wish every success for our trip.

Stay tuned for our updates!

“China” appears 32 times in last US presidential election debate

By Wendy Chan

In the third and the final US presidential election debate this morning, President Barack Obama appeared to take the lead over Governor Mitt Romney as they discussed foreign policy.

One of the last topics was the “rise of China”. The Asian country has been accused by the US of not playing on a level field in business. It has been a major issue in the 2012 election and is set to become even more of a challenge in the next four years as the global economic downturn is expected to worsen.

Moderator Bob Schieffer asked Obama what great challenges he will face with the rise of China if he is re-elected.

Obama said: “We have brought more cases against China for violating trade rules than the other.”

Romney countered that Obama was taking the side of “protectionism” and replied: “We’ll also make sure that we have trade relations with China that work for us. I want a great relationship with China.”

“China did not play by the same rule” was a phrase that was repeated three times during the debate.

As I watched, Obama and Romney’s take on the US role in the world reminded me of a quote from the film “The Mosquito Coast”: USA is considered the “Land of Promise, Land of Opportunity.”

The word “China” was mentioned 32 times, all about trade. Obama and Romney, is this all China is to America?

Will China be the only factor that pulls the US economy down? We should all think about it.

Can Romney boost trade ties with Canada?

By Edith Leung

If elected US president, Mitt Romney has said he would approve a pipeline that would run from Canada to US refineries in Texas on day one — a plan largely criticized by Kenneth Tung, a senior radio commentator and program host in Canada.

Canadians are closely watching the US presidential election, particularly because of Romney’s stand on the Keystone XL pipeline project. The Keystone project would allow TransCanada to run a tar sands oil pipeline across the US, stirring among environmentalists and Texans.

Although the project will create thousands of jobs and push America towards energy independence, Tung said: “The on-going project is still damaging scenic spots in Northern Canada.”

He added that some environmental groups and local farmers even tried to block construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas, saying “they cared mostly about the issue of climate change, rather than the ways of jobs that project could bring.”

Romney is a business expert. Tung believed if the Bain Capital founder were elected, he would enhance the trading channels between the US and Canada. However, Tung questioned whether the closer partnership might increase competition between the two countries; while Barack Obama would continue with the current policies, bringing no pros or cons to Canadians.

“We still have a long-haul observation on the two candidates. Even though Romney was convincing on the first debate, he may still not win at the polls,” said Tung.

Tung has live in Canada for over 30 years and is the Vice Chair and former Chair of S.U.C.C.E.S.S, one of the largest social service agencies in British Columbia, Canada, to provide services in settlement for Asians. Not only is he an opinion leader among the Chinese community, Tung also hosts radio program “News Talk” on Fairchild Radio.

Obama and Romney talk China policy in second presidential debate

By Wendy Chan

US President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney went head-to-head in their second debate on Wednesday, where they highlighted their stance on China.

Romney stood firm and said he will be tough on China, saying the country has been cheating and manipulating its currency.

The former Massachusetts governor said he will have tougher policies toward China than Obama. ”I’ll crack down on China,” Romney said.

Obama responded: “Governor, you’re the last person who’s going to get tough on China. We have pushed them hard.”

The Chinese currency, the yuan, has risen 11% during Obama’s term as a result of administration policies, the president emphasized.

Obama also said he has specific plans that have “actually contributed” to pressuring China on its currency valuation. However, Romney has no concrete plans or measures on the issue, Obama contends.

Will more China issues heat up the third and last debate? Let us wait and see on the coming Tuesday.