History is change. Unless the United States does something radically different or unless the Chinese miracle of operating a booming economy in a repressive society implodes, the question is when China will surpass us economically. Not whether.
On the eve of Chinese President Xi's visit to Washington to discuss what has been called a new era of cooperation between the two countries, the climate is more akin to expanding a new orientation toward confrontation.
The Life of Pi, as a movie, is ultimately more optimistic, I am guessing, than Ang Lee himself. I am guessing that he worries about the future of his Chinese civilization that found a home on Taiwan. The Life of Pi ends in India. The future of Taiwan, Ang Lee's erstwhile home, is not so certain.
China's Vice President Xi Jinping's visit to the United States is being closely watched by policymakers to gain insight into China's likely future leader ahead of the transition beginning later this year.
The War in Iraq has ended. Osama bin Laden is dead. NATO is looking at a 2014 date for significantly reducing operations in Afghanistan. Yet some conservatives are looking to continue the era of massive military spending increases.
With China emerging as Australia's largest trade partner, enhanced defense ties with the United States have led some Australian analysts to question the wisdom of aligning more closely with Washington at the risk of angering Beijing.
With the killing of bin Laden and the uncertainty of Pakistan's role, some U.S. lawmakers questioned the wisdom of continuing the multi-billion dollar aid program to Pakistan. What would happen if we left Pakistan to China?