But I doubt it, because shortly after the inaugurations, the tedious process of Senate confirmation hearings for cabinet positions will begin. As usual, most attention will focus on the three big jobs, the secretaries of treasury, state and defense. Given the nation's current mood, when the nominees are grilled about their views, I'm sure each in turn will express a strong degree of indignation toward China, especially regarding its currency and its military. To be sure, these issues are important and must be addressed, but I highly doubt bellicosity does much to help. Such tough talk will probably help the nominees win their cabinet positions — but surely won't build any ties with China.