China's growth has lessons for U.S.

Part 1: The rise of China

(This is Part 1 of a four-part series.)

Once again I’m in China, having carefully timed my visit to avoid the brouhaha of the 2008 Olympics. In the wake of that long-heralded event, and following China’s first space walk, the Chinese are practically bursting their buttons with national pride. Many of them now perceive little of substance separating China’s status from that of the United States — oh, maybe just that little matter of differing political systems.