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US presidential debate 3 to focus on foreign policy

10-22-2012 11:22 BJT Special Report: 2012 US Presidential Election |

CCTV Correspondent Nina Donaghy

With less than 3 weeks to go before the presidential election here in the US, president Obama and his republican challenger Mitt Romney face one another for the final time tomorrow in a debate focused entirely on foreign policy.
This debate is divided into specific policy sections – China’s rise, the war in Afghanistan, the changing Middle East, terrorism, Israel and Iran. 
Hints of direct talks between the US and Iran - a new report from the New York Times says the Obama administration has paved the way for unprecedented dialogue on Iran’s nuclear ambitions – quickly shot down by the White House -  but given some credence from governor Romney’s debate partner.
“It's another example of a national security leak from the White House. You know, they've done a lot of that. But look, I think what you're gonna see is governor Romney laying out a clear vision for how to get Iran to do the right thing, which is to stop its progress toward a nuclear weapon. " Senator Rob Portman said on NBC.
The Iran question indivisible from America’s relationship with Israel – if Iran reaches a level of nuclear sophistication that the US or Israel can no longer tolerate.
Mike O'Hanlon from Brookings Institute said, “in the opening  3–6 months of 2013 you could see an Ameican president face a moment of great presidential loneliness and difficulty on whether or not to authorize an American military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.”
Romney enjoys a close friendship with Israel’s Prime Minister. Obama’s is much cooler -  and his attempts to revive the US-led peace process have failed.
Obama ended the war in Iraq and favors international coalitions, ruling out an intervention in Syria. But romney says he’s dimished American military influence and diplomatic capital around the world - failing to respond to the challenges of a changing Middle East .
In last week’s debate the two clashed repeatedly on who would take the strongest stance on China.
O'Hanlon said, “ the United States has quote unquote ‘rebalanced’ towards Asia in the last two years of the Obama presidency and that’s implied a certain firmness in dealng with China.”
But Romney will say he’s been too accomodating to China’s leaders – and not tough enough on trade.
In central and south Asia – Obama’s pentagon has killed Bin Laden and his CIA is stepping up drone missions - but the president will likely to paint Romney as a warmonger.
Afghanistan is drawing down, but a spate of attacks targeting US troops training their Afghan counterparts and a resurgent Taliban on the Pakistan border will leave any American president facing challenges.  



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