Thoughts on Beijing
I was in Beijing just a little over a week ago. Steve isn’t kidding about the smog — on the bad days, visibility is about 10 blocks. On the very worst day, I couldn’t see clearly from one side of Tienanmen Square to the other.
China’s been out of the game for a few hundred years, but it’s back. The Chinese themselves believe that their collective ascendancy is fragile and fraught with problems — particularly environmental degradation associated with growth. The smog in Beijing really stings the unconditioned eyeball.
Senator Obama put out this statement today on his just announced trips to Europe, Israel and Jordan: “This trip will be an important opportunity for me to assess the situation in countries that are critical to American national security, and to consult with some of our closest friends and allies about the common challenges we…
We’re hosting a session at New America Foundation this afternoon with National Economics Correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, Peter Gosselin, and CSPAN’s BookTV on the shift of financial risk to individual Americans.
This is awkward as the Australian American Leadership Dialogue meeting at which I posed a question to Vice President Cheney was off the record — but it’s out there now in the New York Times.