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In selling the nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration has been careful to point out that it is just an agreement on nuclear issues.Supporters and critics alike are quick to suggest that this move is quite different from Richard Nixon's opening to China, which transformed China and its relations with the world. Iran, after all, is a rogue regime that chants "Death to America" and funds anti-American terror across the Middle East.But let's recall what China looked like at the time Henry Kissinger went on his secret trip to Beijing in July 1971 . These shifts finally led to a wholesale rethinking of China's foreign policy – but seven years after Kissinger's meetings, under a new Chinese leader, Deng Xiaoping, who first consolidated power and then broke with Mao's revolutionary worldview.Yet, Iran clearly resents being treated as a pariah in the world.That is surely why so many hard-liners in Iran are opposed to the nuclear deal. They believe it will take Iran in the wrong direction, one that might soften the revolutionary edge of the regime.
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