As the senior leader of one Chinese state-owned enterprise said to me, "I used to think [Obama] was nice. Then I realized he was intelligent. Now I know he's shrewd, just like Hu Jintao. Your leader is a strategist."
We were visiting Jilin City, in Jilin Province, where a devastating flood pierced through homes, killed hundreds and brought 7,000 buckets of chemicals, some empty, some explosive, into a nearby river.
We will know Chinese society is becoming more civil when the economic/human interests of individuals are accepted as not "good" or "bad" or "right" or "wrong" but inextricably linked with sustainable, rational economic growth.