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Play Video Barack Obama Video: Obama outlines stimulus plan in address AP Play Video Barack Obama Video: Sen.-Designate Gillibrand One Cool Customer CBS 2 New York Play Video Barack Obama Video: FW Cops Helped Protect Pres. During Inauguration CBS 11 Dallas WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has said no nation is more important to the United States than China. But ties between the two powers may be off to a rocky start just days into the Obama administration.
In his inaugural address Tuesday, President Barack Obama spoke of how earlier generations of Americans had "faced down fascism and communism." China's state broadcaster quickly faded out the audio of its live broadcast, the camera cutting back to a flustered studio anchor.
Selig Harrison, director of the Asia program at the U.S.-based Center for International Policy, said it was "very ill-advised for the new administration to confront China as if this were 10 years ago and we were in a strong financial position internationally."
"We are dependent on Chinese goodwill for our economic survival and viability, and, therefore, it seems to me that this type of posture is very risky," he said.