Just finished The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Mohsin Hamid), so was taken with this perspective on the British PM visit to China. The east has been the dominant economic culture for 18 of the last 20 centuries.
Lots of irony in the book, and the core metaphor is a bit thin / naive, a young author I guess, but a page-turning story about Eastern rejection of Western presumption and Western paranoia of the motives for such rejection. Won’t spoil the ending. 9/11 was the wake-up call / turning point for many.