Instead of following predictable (and boring) scripts, why not turn the page on Cold War-esque rhetoric and find ways to join hands with China so as to mutually benefit from each other's comparative advantages?
Sure, there's bad news about China: pollution, corruption, the hounding and jailing of dissidents, etc. But overshadowing such reportage is the grander theme of a China on the move and on the make, poised to reshape the world.
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.
By declarin he will dispatch 2,500 Marines to Australia, President Obama has crossed a line, beginning a new Cold War with China, one based on military encirclement on sea and land, costing unknown trillions in defense dollars, and shoring up cheap labor markets.
If we are to build upon the Arab Spring, the liberation of the Libyan people, and the flowering of individual rights around the world, our work starts at home, by defending American manufacturers and the American jobs they create.
As China is transitioning to become a full member of the world community from which it was entirely separated just forty years ago, we have perhaps seen the end of Chinese rather than American exceptionalism.
Without question, the rise of China has been a major factor in our nation's loss of manufacturing jobs. However, there is growing evidence that China's challenge to U.S. manufacturing has peaked, and its competitive advantage is in decline.
Unfortunately for the Obama administration, whether they ultimately face Romney or Roemer or perhaps the both of them, the Democrats have been caught holding a bag of Clinton-Bush "free trade" leftovers.
Washington is often a city of Chicken Littles, which makes ringing the alarm bell difficult. But once Washington wakes up from its deficit hangover, politicians will realize the sky has already fallen. Here's what we can and need to do.
If we want to understand where China is headed (indeed, where the world is headed), we need to stop listening to our diplomats and politicians, and pick up books by writers (whether journalists or novelists) who are in touch with China.