* In September 2010, Tom Friedman traveled to Tianjin, China, to participate in the World Economic Forum summer conference.
* Five years before, a car ride from Beijing was the only way to get to the city, but in 2010, there was an ultramodern station for the world-class high-speed train.
* At an education conference in San Jose, a junior high student told him that the Chinese people have more ambition than Americans.
* A reader wrote to Tom that America no longer embraced challenge.
* It is not a foregone conclusion that while America dominated the last century, China will dominate this one.
* While there are independent examples of initiative and philanthropy, America needs action on a big scale.
* Authors Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum see that America is in disrepair and neglected and in decline.
* China is improving economically but it still suffers under the weight...
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