Image Ambassador: A 6-year veteran of the NBA. Yao is a towering global commodity. The star NBA center will play for China in the Olympics. Washington Post,July 24,2008 page A1. Yao is seen as personification of China's spirit. China is full of spirits.
About one year ago,James Pethokoukis wrote: "US and Chinese economies depend on each other. China's central bank hold $400 billion in US Treasury bills, bonds and notes. China has helped keep US interest rates low and enabled consumers to keep spending despite the deflating housing bubble." Thomas Barnett wrote: China is America's natural ally in extending globalization's reach. Cf. USNWR,Aukgust 6,2007 issue. Reflections of Sino-American economics in the spotlight!
July 24,2008: Hitting high notes with China trip: Director of Oxon Hill High school band savors cultural learning. My comment: It is high time for Americans to learn the Chinese language- "A Glimpse of the Chinese Language" is listed at www.rand.org and www.Amazon.com online book catalog for cultural understanding.
Francis Shieh a.k.a. Xie Shihao is watching US-China relations are moving in the proper positive direction as a lifelong student since 1940s. July 24,2008.