First of all, let's talk about the issues and not about each other.
Whether a fellow forumite loves or loathes America has little bearing on the truths of the issues.
Secondly, it serves America's and the world's interests for China to prosper.
A prosperous China has an interdependent relationship with the rest of the world, both as suppliers of China's needs and consumers of China's products.
Presently, America consumes 25% of China's production, and this makes the Chinese dependent on America.
In my humble opinion, both Nixon and the Clintons fully understood the importance of bringing China into the modern world.
A hungry China corresponds to a gaunt tiger on the prowl; whereas, a well-fed China corresponds to a fat cat listening for the can opener.
China can no longer meet its own labor requirements due to a lack of properly educated and enculturated laborers.
For that reason, China's standard of living has risen dramatically as demand has raised wages, and, China now outsources for components and raw materials.
Further, China becomes increasingly thirsty for oil, which makes China more dependent on the US dollar; and which further motivates China not to compete with or destroy America, but to relate to America in the most profitable manner.
China now imports more Mercedes Benz's than any other nation on earth.
China has more cell phones than any other nation on earth.
I think (not sure) China imports more Rolexes than any other nation on earth.
I think (not sure) China has more billionaires than any other nation on earth.
Good: as China's prosperity increases, the danger of war decreases.
Eventually, China's standard of living will become so high, some other emerging nation will have the labor advantage and will begin supplying Walmart.
Originally Posted by zenheretic
The nation that prevails in Space will prevail on Earth.
No doubt about it.
I assume the American, British and Dutch oil comapanies have a plan for transitioning from oil to Space, and a time line.
In my humble opinion, China occupied Tibet for strategic reasons having little to do with Tibet, itself; and in somewhat the same manner as America and Britain occupied Irag and Afghanistan in order to put pressure on Iran and Russia, not to mention Saudi Arabia, Syria and Pakistan.
In the meantime, it seem counter productive and politically immature (a la Jimmy Carter) to boycott the Chinese Olympics.
Rather, we, the Western World, should help China have a successful Olympic experience; and we should consider Tibet an entirely different (and futile) issue.
Luke 22:36, John 18:11
There is only one hero. He has a thousand faces. One of them is yours. J.R.R. Tolkien