In early January the U.S. imposed penalties on eight Chinese companies, including Norinco. State Department officials claim the companies are exporting high-performance metals to Tehran, which could be used to develop long-range missiles capable of striking Israel. But Lu insists the threats from Washington will not slow down the explosion of Chinese companies coming to Iran. "Why should we have to ask America's permission to do business here?" he says. "We are a sovereign country." Analysts believe that defiant attitude is likely to grow in tandem with China's involvement in Iran. "U.S. sanctions will pale into insignificance once the China energy arrangement takes off," says Davood Bavand, professor of international relations at the University of Tehran, who was once the Shah's ambassador to the UN. "Washington will need to find other ways to impose pressure on Iran."
1. "Why should we have to ask America's permission to do business here?" he says. (How come they use 'says'? Is this viewed as immediate past or are they trying to relive the situation again?)
2. "Why should we have to ask America's permission to do business here?" he said. (Why not use this one?)
Journalistic reports of events use the simple present tense (not the present continuous, which indicates the event is still going on). Eventhough, common sense tells us the event is completed and should be in Simple Past. That also applies to the event of death or sporting events.
ex. President J.F.K. Kennedy dies at 46.
Iron Mike Tyson bites off the ear of Evander Holyfield.