Here is the first paragraph of this article by Thomas Friedman, NY Times:
After attending the spectacular closing ceremony at the Beijing Olympics and feeling the vibrations from hundreds of Chinese drummers pulsating in my own chest, I was tempted to conclude two things: “Holy mackerel, the energy coming out of this country is unrivaled.” And, two: “We are so cooked. Start teaching your kids Mandarin.”This isn't an article about how China is kicking the crap out of us, as the opening paragraph insinuates, it's more a open comparison between the two countries, focusing on the last 7 years. The paths that China and the US have chosen are vastly different, and we can learn something here.
I will say one thing about his conclusions: The positive energy coming out of China is unrivaled. They are so proud (and understandably so) to be Chinese right now. They've taken an opportunity to showcase on the big, world stage, and they've exceeded expectations. Compare that with what we did after the 9/11 attacks. The entire world was sympathizing with us after the single most devastating terrorist attack in history, and we alienated ourselves by pushing away our new friends and going it alone against Iraq, without UN backing.
Some very pivotal turning points in history for both nations.
P.S. I just got my ticket for my mini-vacation coming up! I'm heading out for 6 days on a chill island in southern Thailand (Ko Phan-Gan), from Sept 28th until the 5th. Hooray!