Hello, Mr President Barack Obama:
My name is Raymond Zhou, and I'm a bilingual writer in the People's Republic of China. First of all, let me congratulate you on becoming the 44th president of the USA.
You symbolize a new hope, an optimism that goes beyond the US and is shared by people all over the world. Your youthful energy, your eloquence, your global vision and even your ethnicity are all things that fascinate us. Your success story is so inspiring that books about you and by you are instant best-sellers here.
But it's how you handle the US economy and its trade with China that will have the most impact on lives of ordinary people here in China. We hope you uphold the principle of free trade, which is a key component of a free market, and I hope your global perspective will contribute to the restoring of peace in the world.
Again, my warm congratulations, and happy Chinese lunar new year to you and all your family.
(China Daily 01/20/2009 page9)