Some interesting comments from Atlantic writer/editor James Fallows on his return from living in China. Here are his first impressions, which can be reduced to the two "C"s: cellphones and clean air.
Even in a downturn — and, yes, in Washington, not Flint. Everything looks so comfortable and lush! The air is so clean! (Today’s reading in Beijing: "Hazardous.") And the cell phone coverage is so crappy! I can barely recall a moment in China when I was out of signal range. Today alone in Washington, half a dozen dropped calls.
There it is, the China/U.S. trade-off in a nutshell.