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Dallas woos officials for 2016 GOP convention D A L L A S ( A P ) — Tw o e l ephants waving their trunks, cheerleaders and indoor fireworks greeted Republican National Committee members on Thursday as they visited Dallas during the last of four trips to cities competing to host the 2016 Republican convention. Dallas officials touted the city’s experience with major events, ties to the GOP and $45 million in pledges and state funding so far. But they also added several flourishes to Thursday’s presentation. The biggest was the elephants, the symbol of the Republican Party. Under a light rain, the pachyderms stood at the end of a red carpet leading into the American Airlines Center, the downtown Dallas arena that would host a convention. “I didn’t wake up this morning thinking I was going to pet a couple of elephants on the way into the arena, but that was certainly a nice touch,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus laughed later. “Only in Dallas would something like that happen.”
Duncan approved as System Chancellor
On Thursday, the Board of Regents approved Robert Duncan, Texas senator, in a special meeting to succeed Kent Hance as the next Tech System Chancellor. Duncan was the sole finalist for the position, announced May 19, according to a Tech news release, but the Regents had to wait 21 days, as mandated by state law, before making the final decision on his employment. Mickey Long, chairman of the Regents, said according to the release, Duncan will continue to propel the
university into a higher status. “ To h a v e someone of Sena t o r D u n c a n ’s stature who is available and ready to take the chancellor’s chair speaks to DUNCAN the quality of our universities,” he said. “We look forward great things being accomplished under the leadership
of Chancellor Duncan.” Duncan is a Tech alumnus and received his law degree from the Tech School of Law, according to the release, and served as student body president. According to the release, before returning to Tech as chancellor he will have served in the Texas House of Representatives, the senate finance committee, the budget conference committee, senate committee on higher education, the education committee and the natural resources committee. He has also served as the chairman
Dangerous instances becoming more popular in US By KYMBRE KUPATT SportS Editor
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STUDENTS ARRIVE BY bus at the Fred Meyer grocery store parking lot in Wood Village, Ore., after a shooting at Reynolds High School Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in nearby Troutdale. A gunman killed a student at the high school east of Portland Tuesday and the shooter is also dead, police said.
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School shootings are on the rise across the nation. On June 10, a teen gunman shot and killed a 14-year-old student and injured a teacher before likely killing himself at a high school in Oregon. The victim: a seemingly ordinary student selected by random, “was loved by all,” according to the Associated Press. Early this year, a shooting at Purdue University left one dead and the university on lockdown. The victim was an engineering teaching assistant, according to the Associated Press. With both university and high school shooting events happening more rapidly, staying safe on campus is an important issue. Brice Milner, senior exercise and sport sciences major, said school shootings were not an issue at his high school in Houston until hurricane Katrina sent refugees to his area. “We had a lot of people come in,” Milner said. “After that it was just really weird.” As for worrying about a shooting event at Tech, he said he doesn’t usually worry or think about it because of Lubbock’s size and small town atmosphere. “People are going to be who they are I mean, it could happen,” he said, “but I am not too worried.” Sophomore fundamental engineering major, Annie Archuleta said school shootings were not ever an issue for her in high school and because of that, she would not be sure how to react. SHOOTINGS continued on Page 2 ➤➤
Growing Democratic Party could Texas Tech alumnus makes donation to graduate fellowships make next election memorable By KAITLIN BAIN
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Bergdahl scheduled to arrive in San Antonio on Friday WASHINGTON (AP) — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive, is returning to the United States on Friday, but he will not receive the promotion that would have been automatic had he still been held prisoner. A U.S. official said Bergdahl would leave Germany during the night and go directly to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, arriving Friday. Another U.S. official said the promotion list, which would have boosted Bergdahl to staff sergeant, is expected to be released this week and he will not be on it. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told The Associated Press last week that the promotion would no longer be automatic because Bergdahl is now free and any promotion would be based on routine duty requirements, such as proper levels of training and education as well as job performance. The officials spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to provide details about Bergdahl or his planned move. But the U.S. official said medical personnel had determined that Bergdahl was ready to move on to the third phase of his reintegration process, which would happen at Brooke. Officials had previously said the intention was for Bergdahl to be reunited with his family at Brooke and to spend an undetermined period there in further recuperation.
of the state affairs committee, president pro tempore of the Texas Senate during the 81st legislative session. “Senator Duncan has a vision for higher education in Texas and in particular, the Texas tech University System that will prepare globally competitive and workforce ready students,” Larry Anders, vice chairman of the Regents and chairman of the chancellor search committee said, according to the release. According to the release, Duncan will begin his duties July 7.
While it seems that republicans are focused on winning on the midterm elections, this could cause a democratic victory in the White House, something that has not happened since Martin Van Buren’s presidency, 1837 – 1841. Seth McKee, associate professor of political science, said that this shift could mean that the Democratic Party is becoming the majority party in the United States. “That seems to have been the case since 2008,” he said. “You have a party that can form a national majority but they can’t hold at midterms, which is interesting. That would be a big deal.” He said the victory would be such a big deal because the Democratic Party would have been able to hold on to the White House for three consecutive terms. The Democratic Party, he said, has been doing a good job at appealing to the African American vote and the Hispanic vote, one of the many facADVERTISING: 806-742-3384
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Edward E. Whitacre Jr., a Texas Tech alumnus and his wife Linda donated $15 million to graduate student fellowships Tuesday to fund 30 doctoral fellows per year. Not only will this donation help numerous graduate students attend Tech, according to a Tech news release, but is also eligible for state matching funds by way of the Texas Research Incentive Program which could double the gift to the university. “Texas Tech has always had a special place in my heart,” he said, according to the release. “Over the years, I’ve watched this great university grow and make tremendous strides.” Chancellor Kent Hance, according to the release, attended Tech at the same time Whitacre was attending and the two were friends. Whitacre received his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Tech, according to the release, and was appointed to the Tech Board of Regents in 1993 and served as chairman from 1995-1998. He was also named a distinguished
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The Plant and Soil Science Department in the College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources offers an area of specialization in viticulture and enology, the study of growing grapes and producing wine. In this coursework, students are able to see the science behind a glass of wine from the grape to the finished product. The area of specialization came about in 2010.
“It is really new and we have spent more time getting the program started instead of letting people know about it,” Ed Hellman, professor of viticulture, said. Though the program is fairly young, it is the only one of its kind. “Our program is the only four year program in viticulture and enology in Texas,” he said. There are wine industries in every state in the country and graduates from the program are using this to their advantage, he said. Hellman said wineries from all
around look to Texas Tech for interns and graduates to fill positions. Emily Simpson, operations manager at McPherson Sellers Winery, said she has her current position because on an internship she did while of the program. In the coursework, students learn both viticulture and enology. “Viticulture is the actual grape production,” Thayne Montague, associate professor of horticulture, said. “The viticulture side is learning what to look for when planning your vineyard and learning the
different varieties that grow there and the different rootstocks that will help them grow well.” The viticulture coursework also teaches anatomy of the vines, pruning, irrigation and the planning of the vineyard, he said. The enology coursework teaches the actual production of wine. “The enology side is taking the fruit from the vineyard, after it is made into juice making wine or grape juice,” Montague said. With many local vineyards in Lubbock, grapes prove to be a crop
that grows well in the local weather, he said. “It can get by with the heat and it doesn’t take much water,” Montague said. “To me it is an exciting field,” Hellman said. “Grapes are a fascinating crop to work with.” The viticulture and enology specialization also teaches the history of wine and the background behind many different varieties. “The varieties that we grow are not just 100s of years old but 1,000s of years old,” he said.
“There is a lot of history behind it, not just science.” The newest class that has just been added in the specialization is PSS 3311, the Science of Wine. In this course students will learn the ancient origins of grape and wine production, along with the present-day application of biology, chemistry, and technology to growing grapes wine production. This class will also focus on the many different careers offered in the wine industry, Hellman said.
been going on for decades and republicans are further affected because the Democratic Party CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 has no Tea Party equivalent. “Being able to stack not only This is a party divided against the Supreme Court, but also the a party gaining, strength, he said. lower benches would be a huge “When partisans become so advantage for the party in years far apart it’s more a policy of to come,” he said. abstention,” he said. “They can’t T h e r e a s o n t h i s m a j o r i - bring themselves to vote for a ty illumination is occurring, democrat but they’re not going to McKee said, is because of an vote for a republican. This boxes internal fight the Republican people in, so either you vote Party has been experiencing for the crazy or you just abstain since 2008, when Obama ini- because you can’t imagine voting tially won the presidency. across the aisle.” He said the party has been In 2008, Obama’s first elecshifting further to the right, tion year, voter turnout increased while the Democratic Party by 5 million, the highest increasis staying the same, close to es in turnout with young people, blacks and Hispanics, three the middle. “What you have is the purist groups that have been targeted conservatives on the right wing by the strengthening Democratic of the party that goes under the Party, according to the United party label that go, ‘Oh you’ve States Census Bureau. got republicans that are too One of the only ways the less moderate, too willing to com- conservative republicans can atpromise,’ they’re actually able tempt to win the vote, he said, to govern,” he said. “It really is is by running without labels, running as a general candidate. almost partisan suicide.” This polarization, he said, has ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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“To be recognized, it’s a title who won’t earn a living playing and recognition that you can, for chess but they do understand it’s a example, put on your resume,” valuable game, especially for kids. Aleskerov said. “So people will see All of our players teach chess at that you played for Texas Tech and local schools. So that’s one of the they will recognize that.” commitments they make for being on the team.” Not only is the Chess For some College of the of the players on the team, Year awarded for a univerlike Andrey Gorovets, sity’s performance in tourgraduate innaments, but terdisciplinit also takes ary studies into account student from outreach efVitebsk, Beforts each larus, said the game of chess chess team is doing and how is more than AL LAWRENCE just a game they are as a CHESS COLLEGE COACH team in gento be played OF THE YEAR eral, Lawrence sometimes. “For me, said. One of the chess is my outreach efforts that he said life. Second, chess gives me the made Tech stand out is teaching opportunity to travel, to meet that each student involved in the new people, to meet friends,” he said. “Chess helps to look team does. “There are also many play- forward, a few steps forward. It ers on the Knight Raiders chess helps to plan ahead.” club that help with everything,” Aleskerov said he grew up Lawrence said. “These are players playing chess and said he be-
The Texas Tech chess team received two awards from the United States Chess Federation for their performance and involvement during the 2013-2014 school year. Tech was named Chess College of the Year, Al Lawrence, director of the Tech chess program said, and the team’s head coach, Alex Onischuk, was named Grandmaster of the Year. “These awards have never been awarded to the same program in the same year,” Lawrence said. “This year Texas Tech was the only university to receive it so that’s very special.” The team attends many different tournaments, Faik Aleskerov, graduate hospitality and retail management student from Baku, Azerbaijan, said, and gets the opportunity to travel to many different places. Lawrence said the two most important tournaments are the Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship and the National Championships, or the Final Four.
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lieves it has impacted the way he makes decisions and goes about his daily life. Chess, he said, trains your brain to think and make the right decisions. “In real life anything can happen,” he said, “so you can really analyze and make a quick decision. It helps a lot.” Lawrence said he believes the award will bring more students to Tech to play chess. It will also raise the notoriety of Tech both in the United States and overseas, Aleskerov said, because now others will know about Tech’s chess program. “One of the big attractions that make students want to come to a top rate school like Texas Tech is the coach Alex Onischuk and he’s been one of the top players in the world for the top 18 years,” Lawrence said. “Training with Alex is another big attraction for them to also come to Texas Tech.” According to a Tech news release, the team will receive their awards in Orlando, Florida, Aug. 2014 at the U.S. Open Championships.
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INCOMING FRESHMEN AND parents listen to a presentation about the Presidential Scholarship on Wednesday inside the Student Union building.
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“For me I think it would freak me out a little,” Archuleta said. “I have never been subjective to that kind of situation so I do not know how I would react. I do carry pepper spray
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KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday on Thursday by making a tandem parachute jump near his summer home in coastal Maine, fulfilling a goal he made five years ago after a similar jump even though he can no longer use his legs. The nation’s 41st president jumped from a helicopter at about 6,000 feet while harnessed to retired Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott, a former member of the Golden Knights, the Army’s parachute team. Elliott guided Bush to a safe landing on his 85th birthday. “That’s what he wanted for his 90th birthday and that’s what he got,” Elliott said. “It’s a very good feeling to be involved and be able to turn back time.” The helicopter picked up Bush outside his Kennebunkport home. His family transported him from his wheelchair to the chopper, singing “Happy Birthday” before it took off.
Bush floated to the ground under a red, white and blue parachute and landed on the lawn of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, where several hundred friends and family had gathered. Elliott said Bush’s foot got tangled up underneath him during the landing, causing him to tumble forward onto the ground. A spokesman later said the former president was feeling “fine.” “He had a big smile for the crowd. You could tell he was exhilarated,” said Diana Untermeyer, a family friend from Houston. “He’s an amazing man. This is just another sign of that. I think that like most of America, our family loves him to pieces. It was just a real thrill to do this again.” Bush was greeted with a kiss from his wife, Barbara, and a hug from his son, former President George W. Bush. The family left without talking to reporters. Outside the grounds, several hundred people gathered on the
rocky shore to get a glimpse of the jump. “He has a lot of courage. We need more like him,” said David Morris, 79, of Melrose, Massachusetts. Said Carol Schierl, 75, of Green Bay, Wisconsin: “I think it’s wonderful. I hope I can jump out of a plane at 90.” The jump was kept secret until Thursday morning partly to give Bush the option of bagging it because of less-than-ideal weather, including a low ceiling of clouds. “It’s vintage George Bush,” spokesman Jim McGrath said. “It’s that passion for life. It’s wanting to set a goal, wanting to achieve it. I’m sure part of it is sending a message to others that even in your retirement years you can still find challenges.” Bush had to overcome the objections of his doctor, Barbara and the rest of the family before making the latest jump, Elliott said. Even-
tually, he won them over. “He’s smiling like a kid in kindergarten,” Elliott said following the jump. Bush’s jump was indicative of a trend among people of advanced age, said Lenard Kaye, director of the Maine Center on Aging at the University of Maine. More and more seniors are participating in extreme physical activities deep into their golden years, a trend that will pick up steam as more baby boomers retire, he said. Such “extreme acts of adventure” are becoming a part of many seniors’ lives but they need to be mindful that their bones are more fragile than when they were younger, he said. During his years in the White House, Bush was known for jogging, tennis and fast-paced golf. The former president, who signed the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, now uses a wheelchair or scooter because of a form of parkinsonism that has robbed him of use of his legs. The first time Bush jumped from an airplane was when his plane was shot down in World War II over the Pacific. He marked his 75th, 80th and 85th birthdays by skydiving. Thursday was his eighth jump. Other birthday festivities included a private dinner with more than 200 relatives and friends, including some from his White House days: press secretary Marlin Fitzwater, White House counsel Boyden Gray and political director Ron Kaufman, McGrath said. His children, including George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, will be there, McGrath said.
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4 JUNE 13, 2014 POLICE BLOTTER Monday 10:58 a.m. — A Texas Tech officer investigated an accident in the Z2D parking lot. A University vehicle was driven into a pole. 1:54 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated theft in the Human Sciences Building. A pair of bolt cutters were taken. 3:15 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated theft on the east side of the Math Building. An unsecured bicycle was taken. Tuesday 2:46 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated theft at the north side bicycle racks of Chitwood Residence Hall. A secured Trek bicycle was taken. 9:30 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated theft at Coleman Residence Hall. An unsecured cell
phone was taken. Wednesday 4:45 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated theft of a bicycle in the R16 parking lot. A secured Schwinn Shimano bicycle was taken. 12:45 a.m. — A Tech officer charged and released a student for public intoxication in the 900 block of Avenue X. The student was released to a responsible person. 3:38 a.m. —A Tech officer detained a non-student for an observed bicycle violation in the Z2D parking lot. The non-student was issued a criminal trespass warning for all Texas Tech University property and released. Information provided by B.J. Watson of the Texas Tech Police Department.
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Teens are drinking less, texting more NEW YORK (AP) — American teens are smoking less, drinking less and fighting less. But they’re texting behind the wheel and spending a lot of time on video games and computers, according to the government’s latest study of worrisome behavior. Generally speaking, the news is good. Most forms of drug use, weapons use and risky sex have been going down since the government started doing the survey every two years in 1991. Teens are wearing bicycle helmets and seat belts more, too. “Overall, young people have more healthy behaviors than they did 20 years ago,” said Dr. Stephanie Zaza, who oversees the study at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The results come from a study of 13,000 U.S. high school students last spring. Participation was voluntary and required parental permission, but responses were anonymous. Highlights of the study, released Thursday: SMOKING Fewer than 16 percent of the teens smoked a cigarette in the previous month — the lowest level since
the government started doing the survey, when the rate was more than 27 percent. Another CDC study had already put the teen smoking rate below 16 percent, but experts tend to treat this survey’s result as the official number. It’s “terrific news for America’s health,” said Matt Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Even so, there are still about 2.7 million teens smoking, he said. The survey did not ask about electronic cigarettes, which have exploded in popularity in the past few years. Meanwhile, more than 23 percent of teens said they used marijuana in the previous month — up from 15 percent in 1991. CDC officials said they could not tell whether marijuana or e-cigarettes have replaced traditional cigarettes among teens. TEXTING Among teen drivers, 41 percent had texted or emailed behind the wheel in the previous month. That figure can’t be compared to the 2011 survey, though, because the CDC changed the question this time. The
latest survey gives texting-whiledriving figures for 37 states — ranging from 32 percent in Massachusetts to 61 percent in South Dakota. DRINKING Fewer teens said they drank alcohol. Drinking of soda was down, too. About 35 percent said they had had booze in the previous month, down from 39 percent in 2011. About 27 percent said they drank soda each day. That was only a slight change from 2011 but a sizable drop from 34 percent in 2007. SEX The proportion of teens who had sex in the previous three months held steady at about 34 percent from 2011. Among them, condom use was unchanged at about 60 percent. SUICIDE The percentage who attempted suicide in the previous year held steady at about 8 percent. MEDIA USE TV viewing for three or more hours a day has stalled at around 32 percent since 2011. But in one of the largest jumps seen in the survey, there was a surge in the proportion of kids who spent three or more hours
on an average school day on other kinds of recreational screen time, such as playing video or computer games or using a computer or smartphone for something other than schoolwork. That number rose to 41 percent, from 31 percent in 2011. Health experts advise that teens get no more than two hours of recreational screen time a day, and that includes all screens — including Xboxes, smartphones and televisions. Although video-gaming is up, particularly among teen boys, some researchers believe most of the screen-time increase is due to social media use. And it’s probably not a good thing, they say. Through texts and social media, young people are doing more communicating and living in an online world in which it’s easier to think they’re the center of the universe, said Marina Krcmar, a Wake Forest University professor who studies teen screen time. That can lead to a form of extended adolescence, she said. It can also distract youngsters from schoolwork, exercise and other healthy activities, she said.
Europe wary of Iraq action; Germans urged to leave BRUSSELS (AP) — Germany urged its citizens to leave Baghdad and troubled parts of Iraq on Thursday, as European officials calibrated their response to a military push by Sunni Muslim insurgents toward the capital after capturing two key cities. Western officials were consulting over a deteriorating security situation in the embattled Middle Eastern country, with the cities of Mosul and Tikrit falling into the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant over the last two days. Germany’s Foreign Ministry called on Germans in Iraq, who number in the thousands, to leave the governorates of Anbar, Ninevah and Salah al-Din, and temporarily leave Baghdad. It also expressed concern about the situation in Diyala and Kirkuk governorates. “The fighting threatens to plunge not just Iraq but the entire region,
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which has been knocked out of balance by the war in Syria, further into violence and chaos,” Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told German daily Bild. Britain and France said it was up to Iraqi authorities to deal with terrorism and worsening security, while Russia’s foreign minister said the crisis pointed to “total failure” of the U.S.-led military invasion of Iraq in 2003. NATO’s top official said the alliance had no request or mandate to act in Iraq. “I don’t see a role for NATO in Iraq,” NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen said during a visit to Madrid. Foreign Secretary William Hague of Britain — the biggest spender on defense in Western Europe — too ruled out any British military role. He said Britain was consulting closely with the United States and will support any U.S. decision on coping with the crisis,
and floated the possibility of British humanitarian aid to refugees who were displaced in recent days “We’re looking at that now,” Hague told the BBC in an interview. “But we will not be getting involved militarily.” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has begun “a series of consultations on this matter with his main counterparts,” ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said, adding that France “fully supports the Iraqi state in this fight” against terrorists. Spain, which unlike France participated in the 2003 invasion, called on Iraqi leaders to unite “against the serious threats overshadowing the country,” the Spanish Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Iraq’s ambassador to France, Fareed Yassin, urged the international community to rally to the support of his country’s beleaguered government. Speaking on France Inter radio, he listed as Iraq’s military requirements
“equipment, additional aviation, we need drones, lots of things.” Kristalina Georgieva, aid chief for the European Union, said “a major humanitarian crisis is underway in Iraq,” with an estimated half-million people fleeing their homes. The EU recently opened a humanitarian office in Irbil, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of Mosul, funded with €3 million ($4.1 million) to help people who fled fighting in Anbar in March. “In the coming days the full extent of this new humanitarian crisis will become clearer and the European Commission stands ready to offer further assistance,” Georgieva said in a statement. The latest crisis stemmed from factors including “the alienation of the beleaguered Sunni Arab population, a state of generalized violence, opportunistic armed opposition groups and a spillover effect from the terrible war raging in Syria.”
Obama praises security cooperation with Australia WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday praised ally Australia as a trusted military partner whose cooperation is providing the U.S. with added reach in the Asia-Pacific, but questions lingered about their differences on climate change. Obama spoke to reporters after a one-hour meeting with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who
thanked Obama for the deeper engagement by the U.S. in the AsiaPacific region. He said Australia will be “an utterly dependable ally of the United States.” It was Abbott’s first White House visit since he was elected in September. The two leaders also discussed world security hotspots, their two countries’ involvement in a proposed trans-Pacific free trade pact and
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maritime disputes between China and Southeast Asian neighbors in the South China Sea. “Obviously, both the United States and Australia have enormous trade relationships with China, and we both agree that it’s important to continue to see China prosper and rise, but what’s also important is that as China emerges as this great world power, that it also is helping to reinforce and abide by basic international law and norms,” Obama said. Australia is hosting a new deployment of U.S. Marines — a concrete outcome of the Obama administration’s so-called Asia pivot. The two sides announced Thursday further defense cooperation and the possibility of Australian contributions to missile defense in the region. Obama said he and Abbott were improving the military relationship between the two countries that is giving the United States “additional reach throughout this very important part of the world,” and he noted that under Abbott, the Australian government has increased its defense budget. Obama described Australia as one of a handful of countries that the U.S. can always count on. “And Aussies know how to fight, and I like having them in a foxhole if we’re in trouble. So I can’t think of a better partner,” he said. The two leaders appear less in step, however, on the issue of climate change. Neither leader mentioned it in their brief comments to reporters. But White House spokesman Jay Carney said they did discuss climate change in their private session and that Obama emphasized the need for countries to adopt “ambitious domestic climate policies as the basis of a strong international response.” He said Obama believes climate change should be discussed in November’s meeting of the Group of 20 industrialized and developing countries. Australia, which currently chairs the group, will host the meeting. Last week, Obama announced bold plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third by 2030 from 2005 levels. The U.S. policy is intended to galvanize the response to global warming and spur emerging economies like China to take action.