Which is why, despite zero precedent for a sitting US president ever attending an Olympic Games hosted on foreign soil, the current administration is allowing Bush to be manipulated into saluting before this symbol of Chinese national might. Though China certainly does still rely on the US market, the economic power shift that has happened means that the privately-held US government now needs China more than China needs the US. The Chinese deal from a position of power now. Bush's attendance in Beijing is a sure sign of that. In a way (and a rather Darwinian view), it almost might be better if China would “drop US bonds” and “ruin our economy” in that it might better force the US to find better ways to be self-reliant, economically. Until that happens, this charade of puppet-strings will continue with China continuing to maintain MFN status with the US government despite any and all human rights atrocities in China and especially in Tibet.