This is the full session between Niall Ferguson and James Fallows at the recently held Aspen Ideas Festival. Allen had posted excepts and we promised you the complete discussion as soon as it became available. Niall Ferguson had coined the term "Chimerica" to describe the symbiotic relationship between the economies of China and the United States. He currently sees this … [Read more...] about Chimerica: James Fallows & Niall Ferguson
I was reading an opinion column in the Washington Post that contained information I thought might be of interest to the group. It concerned a BBC World View poll showing how countries view each other, either positively or negatively and the percentages of each. It was interesting to see not only how countries viewed each other, but also how the view a country has of itself … [Read more...] about Perception vs. Reality?
No, China will not buy GM, Ford or Chrysler. But there is another way - a scheme of division of labor in which the U.S. will focus on design and innovation while China on manufacturing efficiency. … [Read more...] about (Letter from BC) Can China Save American Automakers?
Here's a bit from a famous poem by a famous colonial-era British author. I'll put the original and then an updated version, since his English is old and a little hard to understand. It's from "The Ballad of East and West," by Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936). … [Read more...] about (Letter) East is East and West is West… will they ever meet? (a famous poem)
Many discussions involving China and the West end up being a competition: you have this, but we have that. Here is one very popular competition, passed around in different forms on numerous Chinese internet forums for many years. It's about the glory of our government buildings. The captions below are translated from the Chinese original: The city hall in Marion, Iowa. … [Read more...] about Building Envy – Chinese and American government offices