外文标题：Snowden causing ripples in US-China relationship
BEIJING: The Snowden affair is turning into a major US-China tussle with the US government on Saturday deciding to prosecute whistleblower Edward Snowden and asking the Hong Kong administration to detain him. Washington clearly wants China to stop Snowden's planned flight to Iceland.
Accepting or rejecting the request is fraught with challenges for the Chinese president, who recently met US president Barack Obama and promised to forge a "new big power relationship".
A section of the Communist Party has been exerting pressure on the Chinese government to refuse Washington's request to extradite Snowden, who worked with a contractor engaged by the US National Security Agency. Party-controlled newspapers have been publishing results of opinion surveys showing that Chinese citizens want the government to ignore US' request.
The Chinese foreign ministry and the Hong Kong administration have kept silent in the face of repeated questions from journalists about whether it would accept an extradition request from the US.
But refusing Washington on a matter involving its national security is fraught with dangers for China, observers say. It would jeopardize the "new big power relationship" that Xi Jinping tried to build during his recent US tour.
It would also come in the way of China's efforts to bring back hundreds of corrupt officials living in western countries as Beijing will be seen as non-cooperative. Hong Kong has an extradition treaty with the US and might legally find it difficult to turn down a request.
Every nation, even India , must be spying on its citizens. It is only now that this matter has got blown up and has become so controversial leading even to litigation. Whether this matter embitters the relation between USA and China or not is immaterial as these two nations suspect each other in every sphere but remain bonded commercially helplessly. In the case of USA it is global spying good in a way because it knows about terrorists and bad because it spies on other matters also.
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Ketan Shah (Durban, South Africa)
Looks like Cold war start between China and USA.....................Good for India.......
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The Kafir (Kafir Land)
Nothing wrong with spying to catch the terrorists. Safety of innocent citizens is more important than privacy of the terrorists
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vijay banga (new delhi)
US believes on Unilateral decisions but this once it is stuck and is likely to get hurt while stressing on a wrong count.
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confess (slimy mosque)
Chinks cannot be trusted.
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Prof Partha (Cuttack)
Snowden should not fear anyone ,can move wherever he likes
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Kokila Kanyakumari (Delhi, India)
U.S . CHINA relations are always stormy as u.s is so envious of the unstopable rise of china, snowden's ripple hardly matters.u.s is playing its usual ' crying the wolf game'.they keep telling u.s citizens we r not spying on them. that means they find it glorious to spy on other nationsa and as they indulge in this and snowden has gone public so he is a mega criminal. india at moment is not any danger to u.s hence is not its target wait a few years they will be doing same to india. k
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The coming weeks will reveal whether the ripples will turn into waves. Snowden has indicated that more revelations are to come. Whichever way the chips fall, onething is certain. America i trodding upon humanrights in a bigway. And there will be more whistleblowers in the future .The more technology is used for secrecy spying, the more will be the urge to break it. and since the manbehind cannot be traced it will be difficult for America to catch the intruders. In this case Snowden revealed himself.
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Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha (Clinton, USA)
The US does have extradition agreements with Hong Kong but not for political dissidents and Mr. Snowden's attorney's in Hong Kong will use that to prevent him being extradited to the US. This also puts the US administration in a very difficult position. In Syria the US may start a proxy war with Russia. Tensions between Moscow and Washington D.C. are already fraught over the Syrian crisis. Now with Mr. Snowden in China the US is facing the twin heads of Moscow and Beijing that have routinely used their joint veto power against the other three members of the Security Council and will most likely do so on both the Syrian and the Snowden issues, especially when Russia and China have inked out an agreement of 270 Billion dollars for the sale of Russian oil to China. Neither Russia or China would want to let down the other when it comes to the US and her foreign policies.
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