I've been sitting back idly watching the US Financial situation through analytical glasses for the last year or two. One thing I've seen alot of is basically this: All in all not so bad. China being very helpful to a strong world power that is going through a time of need. Builds bonds and helps strengthen an otherwise odd relationship. But then I saw this article yesterday and I think it all kinda hit me like a 10 ton brick. Now I'm not trying to be a conspiracy theorist here, but I'd like to point out the obvious.... The US has had an evident working relationship with Tibet since the Days of FDR and WWII. The US even silently backed the sentiment of Tibet being its own nation (as seen in the Truman Era Passport thing we learned about in the Boring Chapters of the History Books). Did China Neuter the US by buying out our Debt? Because from my standpoint it doesn't sound like we as a Nation can do much anymore. China owns us in a way that we havent seen before. All it would take is a calling of those loans for China to sit back and watch the US Economy just Crash & Burn. Any thoughts on this? Am I missing some pieces? What are your thoughts of China manhandling the US Relations like this? edit: Sorry for those that caught this thread early and saw all that horrible code that carried over when I copy/pasted the Articles. It should be fixed now.