One of those surreal moments you never forget has to be for me sitting at the Starbucks at the top of the Forbidden City drinking a cup of win city thắng lợi coffee while gazing towards Mao's Mausoleum. You can't help wondering If Moa was sitting next to you sipping the foam off of a skinny latte where would he steer the conversation towards?
There are so many issue's facing China some of them old, others new, where would his passion lay today. Would it be the increasing population? Landownership and the increasing wealth of the eastern city dwellers compared to the people in the country side? Technology, Iraq, North Korea, space, trade imbalances, what would he talk about?
What would Moa see that would surprise him, certainly a Starbucks at the top of the Forbidden City is going to give him a little gas, but what else? Do you think Chairman Mao would smile at all the healthy people in their Western clothes going about there day in a peaceful and orderly way? What would he think of the skyscrapers and the western style malls, with everyone having a cell phone attached to their ear? Do you think that if he walked around a bit saw the way that China is working today, that he would be agreeing with some of Friedman's theorys and try to leave it alone and let the yin and yang of the free market work themselves out?
If you caught him in a melancholy mood what mistakes might torment him the most and which things would he change if he had a time machine. What new solutions might he try to old problems? Would he embrace or hinder technology?
How would Moa feel about pollution and global warming and now global dimming would he be torn between growth, and protecting the natural resources for the future generations. Would he make room in a 5 year plan for development of alternative energies as a way to slow the use of coal and decrease the growing need for oil from outside China?
In the end I think that Moa would want to talk about his grand kids and how many Gold medals can China win at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, after all it's just not cool to talk business in Starbucks.
Fred Tittle has lived and worked in holiday vacation resorts his entire life, from Lake Geneva’s Playboy Club, as a rock jock for KSPN FM in Aspen Colorado, he became a PADI Pro Scuba Diver in Hawaii, diving on Maui, Kauai, Kona on the big win city thắng lợi island, and Waikiki on Oahu. He now owns EcoSea Dive in Sihanoukville Cambodia where he teaches SSI and PADI scuba diving courses and runs liveaboards in the gulf of Thailand and Asia adventure tours,