The world is in a state of flux, changing faster by the day! There are many who want to bulldoze their way ahead, by fair means or foul! Those in a hurry, will not stop at red lights, but take their chances; they include countries, in a hurry to be counted and make up for lost years! Bureaucratic maze is coming down with more information technology applications across the board, with bench-marks set by those ahead of the race; but others snapping at their heels! Most have taken to free trade like ducks to water, even diehards like, Cuba, testing the waters; who knows even North Korea could be looking across the borders, with longing eyes to see the light of their day!
It is thirty years since Deng Xiaoping, convinced his comrades that the only way to get ahead for China & reclaim their position in the sun, was by opening-up the economy. That has proved an earthshaking, seismic shift for the world as the equation has changed in almost all spheres. It was a no-brainer really, as Chinese-origin people, who had left their shores, some without even shirts on their backs, soon flourished in their adopted lands, unleashing their energy in doing business & getting ahead in life; what was all but bottled-up at home, by Mao’s experiments that also resulted in millions of deaths!
Whatever we call the political system in force in China; the proof of the pudding is its eating! And, are the rest not lapping it up, virtually eating out of their hands, sorry chopsticks, during the great spectacles like in the Beijing Olympics, ongoing World Expo & other mega extravaganzas? With the momentum given by China, others like Vietnam, even Cuba, are getting ready for the plunge, with whole-hearted derring-do! Soon, why not, North Korea could take the plunge, as China looks to be nudging them to, like a mother elephant does to its off-spring, to take the first hesitant step!
The free market pioneer, and still the leader of the pack US, is feeling the heat by the over-enthusiasm of new kids on the block, to outdo them! China has already stashed away a cool $ 2 trillion plus in reserves; to be fair to them, they have invested a great portion back in US treasuries; where else is there a safe-haven, as both the US & China are in a bear-hug, their fates & that of others firmly entwined?
For others, despite the rise of China & own countries, US will always remain the bastion of the free world! Their history to rise to the occasion & resolve for fair play can be counted upon, China cannot hope to overtake them in this regard, anytime soon! America has flourished through welcoming the best from everywhere wholeheartedly, and giving them the canvas to showcase their talents! A US citizen can be anywhere from the world; not so for most other countries! For the melting pot of the world to come together, no other country has given that much comfort levels!
So much is going for the US, but others might not realize, like the sun is taken for granted by all! If the sun goes AWOL for a day, the world would be just different! The rest of the world owes much more to the US, the bastion of fair play, friend in need for most, especially in times of great natural calamities! The world will be different indeed, without US playing the role of world policeman; however much, some might disagree! There are many bullies waiting on the sidelines, to take advantage, if the day comes, when might is right! It is natural that many still want US presence as a sign of security; the world will not be a fair place otherwise! Though wounded the world wants the US to heal & recover the joie de verve in their strides & in their leadership; of course, with some lessons learnt, in the bargain! Though it could be facetious, the US has to rise & shine, like the sun, in the interest of lesser players in the world arena, who need their reassurance & commanding presence, to prevent them from being thrown literally to the wolves!