Kim Fassler ’06 observes the parades in Nanjing:

The missiles, the goose-stepping soldiers, the extravagant floats, the dancing minorities — all these were supposed to symbolize a country with nowhere to go but up. And despite China’s myriad problems, I imagine from the clapping and cheering in the room that my Chinese classmates were filled with pride about how far their country has come and where it’s going. And in the midst of this, doubt about where my own country is headed started to creep in. Reading about the bickering and political infighting in Washington in recent weeks really made me frustrated. When you’re already a superpower, the only direction to go is down.

But who knows — maybe that was the desired effect. They say you only really begin to understand your country once you leave it, and I’m definitely learning that in Nanjing.

Read the whole thing here.

Prof. Sam Crane posts a couple of things you won’t see on PRC TV on National Day.

Michael Greeley ’85 says China is on fire.

In Newsweek International, Daniel Drezner ’90 asks: Can China’s Good Fortune Last?

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