Olympian Hurdles for China's Pipelines

With much Western help, Beijing wants at least one of the huge natural-gas conduits done by the 2008 Games, despite the deals' daunting details

Watching the U.S. and China do business is a little like watching great-grandparents attempting to tango. If you resist the temptation to look away from the arthritic footwork, you'll notice that decades of cautious understanding and ritualized method are in play.

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