Wait'll you see the amenities the Chinese put on for the 2008 Summer Olympics, including the stunning Beijing stadium designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. The Olympics will be an eye-opener for Americans, many of whom can't imagine that we might ever lose our place as the world's premier economy and scientific powerhouse.
When I was a kid we saved our pennies for the missions in China. When we wasted food our parents exhorted us to "remember the starving children in China." A far cry from the gleaming skyscrapers and traffic jams of present day Shanghai.
The 19th was Britain's century in science and technology. The 20th century belonged to America. Don't be surprised if the 21st century is dominated by China.