And from an American traveler now in Beijing:
The current issue that I'm talking to people about is the number of people whose trips back to BJ (from another location in China) have been foiled by the airline constraints over airspace. It was actually ridiculous to hear the number of people in this team who take it for granted that their plans (for travel within China) will be foiled by constraints on airspace.
This morning, at my meeting to discuss energy policy with folks from [XX] office, several of the team members were stuck in one city or another because of constraints on the country's airspace. The director of the program was delayed 24 hours getting back to BJ because they couldn't get clearances... Couldn't help but laugh, and told all of the staff that I had THE perfect book for them to read!
That is all.
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James Fallows is a staff writer for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. He and his wife, Deborah Fallows, are the authors of the new book Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America, which has been a New York Times best seller and is the basis of a forthcoming HBO documentary.