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Coddling China: Obama bows again

| Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Plumbing new depths of foreign policy deferentialism, the Obama administration now seriously entertains Chinese requests to end or ease restrictions on exports of U.S. space, military and defense technology critical to national security.

“The administration has asked agencies to discuss what to give the Chinese,” an unnamed U.S. official “close to the discussions” tells The Washington Free Beacon.

China's requests include ending all sanctions Congress imposed after 1989's Tiananmen Square massacre (which would require congressional action), plus sanctions on five Chinese companies that have illicitly sold arms to Iran and other rogue states; no limits on commercial satellite exports; greater access to aerospace, electronics and deep-water oil and gas exploration technology; and putting the Commerce Department, rather than the State Department, in charge of America's arms export control list.

Beijing also wants the administration to block language in the fiscal 2014 House defense appropriations bill restricting U.S. information technology exports to China. U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., who chairs the subcommittee that drafted that bill, says he's “surprised the administration would allow the Chinese government to interfere with the operation of the American government.”

Mr. Wolf is too generous. Bowing to Beijing's wishes would blur the distinction between China's government and America's, outrageously ceding U.S. sovereignty to new, hostile Chinese leadership that idolizes Chairman Mao.

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