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Returning From China

Don’t expect much in the way of posts for the next 48 hours; I’m leaving Shanghai early tomorrow morning and heading back for the US.  After visiting Guangzhou, Beijing, Chongqing, Shenyan, Anshan and Shanghai, lecturing in universities and meeting with diplomats, experts and journalists, I’m still trying to process it all.

The Chinese-US relationship looks to be the most important axis of world history for the next generation or more; both the Chinese and the Americans are trying to puzzle out what this means.  It’s easy to see the relationship degenerating into competition and hostility with war as one possible end of that road; it is also easy to see a more cooperative and constructive relationship taking shape.

When I get back to the US, get over the jet lag and chew over this intense experience, I’ll be sharing some reflections on the blog.  It’s my hope that some of the Chinese students and experts I encountered on this trip will follow those posts and join in the debate in the comments pages.

This was not my first trip to China; I’ve been visiting this country every couple of years since the 1990s.  That doesn’t make me a China hand, but it does mean that each time I learn a little bit more, and it means I’ve got at least some idea about the speed and depth of change remaking this land.

More to come; if I have the chance I’ll post a few lines while en route.  Otherwise look for regular posts to begin towards the end of the week.

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  • SteveMG

    I’m interested in whether the Chinese acknowledge or talk about their demographic “bride shortages” where in the near future they will have tens of millions of young males without available females.

    This is due largely to the practice of aborting female fetuses/infants.

    Not to mention their one-child policy which will cause another set of problems as the current population ages.

  • Luke Lea

    I am looking forward to what you saw and what you have to say.

  • small li

    Hope that the United States government, the United States government, about 100 years ago on Chinese discrimination and promulgated by the Chinese Exclusion Act, to apologize to the Chinese people, Chinese government apology. The president of the United States, please apologize publicly. The Chinese people need very late for apologies

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