Spent the past week in Beijing conducting a training course for about 150+ Chinese. There was only one English speaking channel on the TV in the Beijing Conference Center where I stayed most of the time. Turned on the station my last evening there and there was a discussion on "American Imperialism in the World." Something you would expect from Godless Commies but much to my surprise we had a supporter in a professor from one of the local universities. The other panelist was a Yale Professor who I would classify as somewhat of a moderate but certainly not a liberal. The moderator was trying to get both to admit that the world is a lot less safer as a result of the US invasion of Iraq. To my amazement, the Chinese professor made a much more convincing case for our actions than his US counterpart inspite of the deliberate bias of the moderator. The Chinese were extremely interested in our election but perhaps out of courtesy to me, they did not criticize Bush or our government in general. This is a stark contrast to people I know that have gone to France recently only to experience verbal assault by them on streets concernin our foreign policy. The Chinese on the other hand, I believe will likely become one of our best non-English-speaking friends over the next 10 years because they are indeed smart enough to recognize the value we offer. Now if we could only ship a few John Deere tractors over there, they would be spoiled for life! Saw some Caterpiller equipment but no JD stuff. As a I said, they still have a ways to go!