The war on terror is over, and China Won
My futuristic scenario about Sino-American relationship, originally published in the Singapore Business Times, was posted in antiwar.com:
April 21, 2006Also check-out his funny and yet depressing China and Its President Greeted by a Host of Indignities by the Washington Post's Dana Milbank.
The War on Terror Is Over,
and China Won
by Leon Hadar
Imagine 40 years from now how a global affairs columnist for the Fox-Xinhua (or New Shanghai Times) content-providing service will analyze the world's geo-strategic and geo-economic balance of power. This might be the way he or she recalls the visit that China's former president Hu Jintao made in April 2006 to Washington, the capital of what was then known as the "United States." Now in 2046, the city is a major tourist attraction for Chinese and Indian tourists, many of whom stay at the seven-star hotel previously known as the "White House" (the Lincoln Suite is the most expensive).
He or she (cloned in 2011) might write the following:
"As I downloaded news reports that were published in the American media on that week, what really astonished me was the extent to which President Hu's first visit to the then U.S. capital since becoming China's paramount leader had received so little attention in the American press. The headlines in the New York Times and the Washington Post (both of which have since been bought by our parent company) were devoted to U.S. efforts to prevent Iran from gaining access to nuclear military capability – Iran conducted its first nuclear test two years later and is now a leading nuclear military power – and to the violence in what was known then as 'Iraq' (now divided between Turkey, Iran, and the Syrian Federation) and was still occupied by the U.S. (which withdrew from there two years later).more