Obama's "new beginning" needs concrete actions
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Obama said United States seeks a "new beginning" in relations with the Muslim world.
Obama's proposition of a "new start" is a positive signal.
It is noticeable that some "changes" in U.S. diplomacy have taken place since Obama took office.

    BEIJING, June 5 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said in a major speech at Cairo University on Thursday that the United States seeks a "new beginning" in relations with the Muslim world.

    The "new beginning," however, still needs more actions to be realized.

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a long anticipated speech on June 4, 2009 to the Muslim world during his visit to Egypt in Cairo University in Cairo, capital of Egypt, which is aimed at recovering U.S. relations with Muslim countries. (Xinhua/Zhang Ning)
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    The United States has experienced painful lessons in its treatment of different cultures. On the Middle East issue, the U.S. has consistently taken the side of Israel; on the issue of Iran, the U.S. has imposed sanctions.

    In 2003, the U.S. military launched the Iraq war, saying that the Americans would "rebuild" the Middle East according to their own values and political system. Six years have past, however, and the war has left a trail of destruction in Iraq. The U.S. has also paid price, including a high death toll and an enormous expenditure. The facts have shown that the war has been a disaster for both the Middle East region and the U.S. itself.

    As we can see, behind these crisis hides not only reasons for benefit, but also the exclusive mood of a super international power, which rejected different cultures, values and political systems. More introspection and less repugnance on the part of the United States would help improve relations between U.S. and the Muslim world.

    Obama's proposition of a "new start" is a positive signal. Yet just as he recognizes himself, bilateral relations will not change overnight. Frankness and mutual trust are important for the two sides to listen and learn from each other in order to seek a common ground.

    According to an ancient Chinese saying: "The gentleman aims at harmony, and not at uniformity," so different cultures, views, values and social systems need to be communicated and shared through dialogue on the basis of equality and mutual trust. That is the right way to build a world of peace and harmony.

    To both the United States and the Muslim world, more communication and less actions to harm bilateral relations are the only way to gain mutual trust.

    It is noticeable that some "changes" in U.S. diplomacy have taken place since Obama took office.

    For one thing, the Obama administration has expressed its willingness to have open and direct talks with Iran. For another, it has shown intentions of easing the long-time tensions with Cuba. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has also introduced the term "smart power" in the new administration's foreign policies.

    How far can such "changes" go and what results can be achieved depends on a complexity of factors concerning the relevant parties, as well as the domestic political environment in the United States.

    Although the president's speech at Cairo University received a certain amount of applause, some analysts pointed out that due to its long-time policy consistency, "changes" advocated by the Obama administration seemed to remain just words without action.

    Therefore, to create a "new beginning," the U.S. should take more substantial steps, and with deeper sincerity.

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    CAIRO, June 4 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama wrapped up Thursday afternoon his nine-hour visit to Cairo, where he delivered a keynote speech aimed at a "new beginning" of relations with Muslims.

    "I have come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interests and mutual respect," Obama said in his speech, which is attended by more than a thousand audiences in the Conference Hall of Cairo University. Full story

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    "I like his speech, and the man is a good speaker and well-educated, mainly when he spoke about cultures, civilizations, history and religions, it shows that he has a very good knowledge about the Muslims and the Arabs," said Talal Oukal, a Palestinian political analyst of al-Aqsa university in Gaza. Full story

Israel shares Obama's hope for Muslim, Israeli reconciliation

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    "The government of Israel expresses hope that President Obama's important speech will lead to a new period of reconciliation between the Arab and Muslim world, and Israel," said the office in a statement. Full story

Obama's speech wins storm of applause

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a long anticipated speech on June 4, 2009 to the Muslim world during his visit to Egypt in Cairo University in Cairo, capital of Egypt, which is aimed at recovering U.S. relations with Muslim countries. (Xinhua/Zhang Ning)
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    CAIRO, June 4 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama's much-anticipated keynote speech on Thursday noon in Cairo University won a storm of applause.

    His speech, which comes as a fresh attempt to reach out to Muslims to rebuild U.S. credibility in the Muslim world, was hailed by thousands of listeners in the Conference Hall of the university. Full story

PNA says Obama speech first step to establish peace

    RAMALLAH, June 4 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian National Authority(PNA) on Thursday said U.S. President Barack Obama's speech was the first and basic step to establish a just peace in the region.

    Obama's remarks about the Palestinian people's suffering and his emphasis that they should have a statehood "was the first basic and key to build a comprehensive and just peace in the region," said Nabil Abu Rdineh, spokesman for the Palestinian presidency. Full story

Hamas: Obama's diplomatic approach different from Bush

    GAZA, June 4 (Xinhua) -- The Islamic Hamas movement on Thursday said U.S. President Barack Obama's speech reflected a change in diplomatic approach different from that of his predecessor George Bush's.

    "It is full of courtesies and depends on soft diplomacy," Hamas spokesman Fawiz Barhoum said. Full story

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    The Palestinians were relatively optimistic about the new U.S. administration as they awaited Obama's speech to the Muslim world in Cairo on Thursday. Full story

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    Hamas authorities allowed the children to reach the Egyptian gate of the terminal shortly before Obama started delivering a speech to the Muslim world from Cairo. Full story

Backgrounder: Obama's words on Muslim since taking office

    CAIRO, June 4 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver a speech to the Muslim world in Cairo University on Thursday, following are some key quotations of Obama on Muslim since taking office in January. Full story

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