Twenty years ago, China's engagement with the world had barely begun. The Internet was accessible to only the privileged few. Parents still espoused "protective" values reinforced by their experiences during the instability of two man-made disasters.
An inclusiveness of mourning Chinese citizens and the students who flock to these shores would not only bolster faith in U.S. institutions and society, but also remind Americans our tragedies are no longer confined within our borders.
If the excess capacity of Suntech and other solar panel makers was harnessed to generate clean energy, might China tame its air pollution problems faster and maintain its ambitious 8 percent annual economic growth goal at the same time?
Defense Department correspondents and commentators did not have to read between the lines much to pass on the twin message that our armed forces will be managed in a leaner fashion and with a decided tilt strategically toward countering threats in Asia.