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A president has to be a resolute officer of his administration. If he isn't, he fails. When everybody gets his number, the new reality makes everybody miserable. That goes double when other presidents, prime ministers and despots get it.
China acknowledged Wednesday it let two American B-52 bombers fly unhindered through its newly declared air defense zone in the East China Sea despite its earlier threat to take defensive measures against unidentified foreign aircraft.
What's more American than baseball, hot dogs — and Chinese apple pie? China is the OPEC of apples, producing roughly half of the world's crop, and it is using its clout to press for expanded access to the long-restricted American market. But Beijing must first convince the U.S. Department of Agriculture that its apples are safe to eat and will not bring pesticides that could destroy crops and appetites alike.
As tensions rise in a standoff with China over a disputed chain of islands, Obama administration officials said Wednesday that Vice President Joseph R. Biden will convey U.S. concerns to Chinese leaders during a trip that begins next week.
In an escalating standoff reminiscent of the Cold War, China on Tuesday responded angrily to news that two U.S. B-52 bombers had flown over a contested chain of islands in the East China Sea without first alerting Beijing — just days after China unilaterally announced an expanded air-defense zone around the islands.
The tensions over the East China Sea islands reached new levels of tension after Beijing declared eight uninhabited islands at the center of a territorial dispute with Tokyo part of China's new aerial zone ("China sets air defense zone over East China Sea's disputed islands," Web, Nov. 23). China warned of "defensive emergency measures" if the zone is violated. The danger now is that the action increases the risk of misunderstandings, miscalculations and even a shooting incident.
LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan said the annual awards celebration Friday of the Titleholders was by far his favorite time on the year. Inbee Park made it special for everyone there with a speech that explained who she is and what she tried to achieve this year.
Chalk up another space gain for the Chinese, who have stated in recent months their goal is to become the leader of the world in galaxy exploration in the coming decades. The nation announced Tuesday it would launch its first lunar probe this December — just a decade after sending its first astronaut into space, CNN reported.