This is a story of Sam and the Dragon. Sam is middle-aged. He’s been widely successful, but a few years ago he fell ill, and it almost cost him everything. Since then, Sam has been slowly getting better but he’s had to count on friends to help him heal.
The Dragon is much older but much bigger. It’s only in the past few decades that it’s become more aware of opportunities outside its lair. Only in the past several years has the Dragon been able to harness its fiery breath, using it to intimidate enemies and ignite friendships.
Sam and the Dragon like playing with each other. But they’re also leery of one another. Sam has counted on the Dragon for its fire and hunger. The Dragon has counted on Sam to feed its flames.
The Dragon has been getting more concerned about Sam’s health. Sam is worried the Dragon’s fire may be growing dangerously hot.
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This is more than an allegory. It’s an economic and political tale that will have a new chapter written Monday and Tuesday, when the top government officials from the U.S. and China meet for a third round of high-level strategic talks.
Uncle Sam would like China’s Dragon economy to have a more fairly valued currency. China wants to make sure Sam is getting his financial house in order.
Sam and the Dragon have other friends but they know their friendship is special. They come from different worlds, but their futures are intertwined.