A science story caught my eye yesterday.
China has decided to put money and effort into alien contact projects. There are thousands of ways that they could go and spend government funding but they decided that they'd get into the alien-contact business.
Most people would say that it's a fairly good way of wasting money. But if you sit and ponder about this....you might come to a difference conclusion.
One day.....some alien race is finally going to announce itself, and they will come to land on Earth. Where they land and who they associate with.....makes a big difference.
Generally, if you watch all these alien movies.....the aliens always seem to land in America. There's no real explanation for this except that aliens seem to like Americans more than anyone else.
I suspect the Chinese watched enough of this and said.....why not China?
What happens as the alien ship starts to land and it's in the middle of China? They are the 'insider' to any future relationship with the aliens. Naturally, this would upset the Americans greatly.
Will this create a competition situation between China and the US on alien contact? I'm guessing that some anger and hostility will emerge from the US side....it being unfair that China is spending a lot of money while the US spends less.
The amusing thing is that both could make all this effort, and in the end....the aliens decide to land in Iceland because of the scenic territory and great tasting beer.