In his acceptance speech for the Roy M. Huffington Award for Contributions to International Understanding at an Asia Society ball last Thursday in Houston, Texas, former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker had some words to say to the Americans who saw China’s rise as a threat: “Allow me to be blunt. Some in the United States — not a majority by any means, but certainly a vocal minority — see China’s rise as a threat somehow to America’s international status. They believe that conflict between our two countries is inevitable as Chinese ambitions clash with American position and power. Ladies and gentlemen, these observers are wrong. And they are not only wrong, they are dangerously wrong. And the reason is very simple — their analyses grossly underestimate the broad areas where Chinese and American interests converge.” Hear that, Sarah Palin? Hear that?