World Welcomes Obama's Win

NEWSru.com, Gazeta.ru, RIa Novosti and Nezavisimaya all reported that Obama had finished first, beating Clinton. Izvestia focused on Obama's future search for a running mate in the November election.

China

It is impossible to find consensus in a nation with 1.3 billion people and varying access to news on the U.S. presidential primary.

Obama's win occurred after Chinese newspapers had gone to press, but there has been significant coverage of the Democratic primaries in the nation's main newspapers. Most Chinese do not expect major changes in U.S. foreign policy, no matter who wins the general election.

"As Americans, they will defend American interests," said Peng, a college student who spoke to ABC News and declined to give his first name. "Either way, they won't be much help to China."

However, several Chinese people interviewed by ABC News said that they believe Obama's youth and energy will bring a fresh perspective to Washington.

They also believe that as a black man, he may be more sympathetic to the Chinese. "He is an ethnic minority himself," Peng said. "He won't discriminate against the Chinese people."

Japan

The Japanese kept a very close watch on the race to choose the Democratic presidential nominee as the showdown between Obama and Clinton approached conclusion.

Most TV stations, including the national broadcaster NHK, carried live reports from Minnesota as Obama spoke in front of his supporters.

It has been an unusual year for the Japanese media, which do not normally follow the U.S. presidential race at such an early stage. Many Japanese know and recognize the Democratic candidates, as they refer to them as "Obama" and "Hillary."

Opinions of each candidate varied on the streets of Tokyo.

"Barack Obama seems young and inexperienced," said Masaharu Ikenaka, a 23-year-old student who studies management. "Hillary can have support from her husband, and she has some experience in the past. She could have done a better job."

A 26-year-old store clerk, Masami Hayata, said Obama is simply "cool."

"He symbolizes a change," said Hayata, who sees Obama as a good public speaker. "He knows how to reach out to people with his communication skills -- something I have not seen in Japanese politicians."

Although she likes the idea of the possibility of seeing the first African-American president, Fuku Nakamura is not sure how such a precedent will play out in history. "I never thought I would see one [an African-American president] in my lifetime," said the 68-year-old homemaker.

"I don't quite know what that would mean for America and for the world, and that makes me worry a bit."

Kenya

Obamamania was in full force in Kenya last night and today as Kenyans throughout the country celebrated Barack Obama's primary victory. In his father's village of Kogelo, Obama's family said it was proud of the Illinois senator and was looking forward to the general election. "We are still fighting," said Sarah Obama, his grandmother. "We are praying for him and hope that he wins the presidency."

Across Kenya's capital city of Nairobi, people gathered at bars and around TVs at home to watch the results come in all night. Friends sent text messages -- instant updates on the delegate count, such as "4 more to go."

"Everyone says that America is racist, that there's no way a black man can win," said Michael Kenedege, a Nairobi businessman. "And Obama's win is telling the world that America can rise above it."

Indonesia

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