My brain is still jangling with the implications of a sentence Chinese communist Party chief Hu Jintao uttered in Seattle, and it had nothing to do with China’s willingness to do better on IPR. "Bill Gates is a friend of China, and I am a friend of Microsoft," he said.
There are so many levels on which this is significant, it is difficult to know where to begin.
The leader of China putting his country on the same level as an American company, referring to the world’s richest capitalist as a friend of the People’s Republic. The chief of China’s Communist Party declaring friendship with one of the world’s most powerful corporations.
This statement, more than any other I have seen for years, illuminates what is really going on in this country.