I got a chill watching the China's illuminated dancing pandas skating around in trails of blazing light at the Winter Olympics' closing ceremonies.
After the pandas' dazzling show, there was the smilling Xi Jinping, inviting all to Beijing for the 2022 Winter Games. The Chinese government had just given Xi supreme power by voting to remove term limits for rulers. Wearing a business suit, avuncular like a 21st century Walt Disney, Xi has gained the unlimited power once held by Chairman Mao.
The Chinese are also taking the lead in artificial intelligence. The dancing pandas are just the beginning. Their robots and drones will be tough to beat. They also vow to take the lead in solar power and electric cars, while our fine leader pushes coal and oil.
Along with Xi, video images flashed of attractive young Chinese with perfect teeth and wholesome faces, welcoming all to Beijing.
Xi, those vibrant Chinese kids and the distance/closeness of 2022 were ominous.
The dancing pandas looked like China rising.