6/2/08 23:30 UTC (Zulu)
SOMEWHERE NORTH OF RUSSIA-This experience did not feel real until set foot on the plane. Three months ago I knew little about China. In several more hours I will land in the capital city, Beijing.
Everything I have read so far suggests China suffers from a bit of an image problem. A relic of the Cold War, China is perceived as “those commies across the Pacific”, threatening democracy. China is a several thousand year old teenager coming of age socially, politically and economically. It knows it is bound for greatness; look at the progress made in the last decade. Undeniably, China still has miles to go, but it wants to be part of the global community, and seem willing to play the game. Hopefully my experience here will reveal the truth of this situation.