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The State Department in 2009 sought the Chinese government's help in blocking a sale to Iran of 25 tons of specialty steel for Tehran's defense industry to be used in building nuclear-related centrifuges, according to a classified department cable.
Republican leaders said Sunday they are optimistic about President Obama's apparent new focus on creating jobs and his "pivot" toward a more centrist approach to governing, but warned that he still must turn his words into actions.
President Barack Obama says "putting the economy into overdrive" is a top priority, even as a new poll showed the public giving him poor marks in this area.
Patrick J. Michaels' Tuesday column on NASA laboratory head James E. Hansen's anti-democracy rant about how the Chinese dictatorship can better fight climate change was revealing about the mindset of green fanatics in the United States ("China-style dictatorship of climatologists," Commentary). It also exposed Mr. Hansen's ignorance about actual Chinese policy. Beijing will pursue energy efficiency where it makes sense, but it has never accepted global warming as a constraint on economic growth.
In response to China's growing belligerence, we must bolster the defenses of South Korea, Taiwan and Japan. We should allow them to buy our best missiles and encourage Japan to develop its own nuclear arsenal.
With regard to Phelim Kine's Tuesday Commentary column, "Hu's missing": If the Chinese weren't able to exert so much economic influence on the world, there would be more prominent voices raised in opposition to the thuggery of the Chinese government.
Iran said differences were narrowing Friday at talks with six world powers who hope Tehran will curb its ability to turn nuclear power into atomic arms, but other nations said progress remained elusive.