US lawmakers and officials continue to debate whether the US should engage with China on scientific matters, Nature's News Blog reports. John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, argued at a hearing yesterday that by working with China, the US can encourage the country to change, while Frank Wolf (R-Va.) said detachment would show that the US opposes a number of China's policies.

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