Foul-Weather Friends

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Face Time: Jiang and Bush, meeting in Shanghai last year, agreed to cooperate to fight terror

Sometimes history repeats itself as neither comedy nor farce. Richard Nixon became the first U.S. President to visit Red China in 1972 in order to create a new global coalition against his enemy—the Soviet Union. On Feb. 21, 30 years to the day after Nixon touched down, George W. Bush is arriving to create a new global coalition against his enemy—international terrorism. It would be grandiose to suggest that Bush's two-day swing through Beijing will change the sweep of history the way his predecessor's did. Yet three decades on, China again relishes the chance to build a new relationship with America....

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