John Pomfret in The Washington Post on how China views the U.S. The case of Chen Guangcheng has revealed the "outsized" expectations the U.S. and China have for one another. "The Chinese vest the United States with a moral authority that Americans are flattered by but are often loath to accept. For its part, the United States, in need of a hand around the globe, wants China to start acting like a superpower. But the Chinese — for tactical reasons or otherwise — reject the responsibilities inherent in big-power status..." Pomfret points to the fact that both Wang Lijun and Chen turned to the American Embassy for support, revealing that the Chinese see America as a moral leader far more than they are allowed to admit. Meanwhile the annual economic trade talks in Beijing reveal America's recurring expectations for China's leaders, he writes.
Peggy Noonan in The Wall Street Journal on Sen. Dick Lugar's primary fight Indiana Senator Dick Lugar may lose his primary fight to a challenger on his right in part because voters worry that he's been in Washington too long. Noonan makes the case for keeping him around. "There is value in experience, in accomplishment and expertise. There is value in the ability to take the long view, and do your best with modesty and with an eye toward all the big jumbly categories of America, which are not limited to 'rightist' and 'leftist.'" Noonan admits there are reasons to distrust conservatives who have overseen the slow growth of the federal government over the past few decades, but for her, those concerns are outweighed by Lugar's experience. "The primary is an open one, and the race may come down to the independent vote.They should save the old guy. He has value."