"My American pride took a real hit on this trip," a friend told me on our most recent trip to China.
"What was it that got you?" I asked him. It was his first time visiting the country.
"It wasn't one thing. It was... everything," he said.
"We are in what is supposed to be a third-world, communist country," he explained. "So my expectations were low. But Beijing and Shanghai are like stepping into the future. And I just did not expect that, coming from America."
I think his sentiments get right to the heart of the matter...
Americans feel that China is the first real threat in decades to our belief in American dominance.