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Rice Sees Bright Spot In China’s New Role Since N. Korean Test

President Bush came into office six years ago deeply skeptical of Chinese intentions, casting doubt on the idea advanced by the Clinton administration that there could be a “strategic partnership” between China and the United States. Now, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other U.S. officials have begun to depict China’s increasingly central role in the administration’s myriad foreign policy problems as a significant achievement. Rice, who arrived here Saturday on the last leg of her mission to galvanize action against North Korea, said she saw “some data points” that suggest China is becoming more of a partner on issues of importance to the United States, though the shift will not “happen in one fell swoop.” Full Story

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