China has at last count more than half a billion cell phone users--565 million as of May 2008, according to Xinhua News Service of China. This is almost double to the entire population of the USA. They are not only the world's leading users of mobile phones, but also the leading suppliers. Hello? Has anybody been watching these truly staggering developments taking place behind the scenes while we struggle with our economy, focus on political hype and lose ourselves in Hollywood drama? In China, they are watching us and if imitation is flattery, we should all be very flattered. In his moving memoir, Gene Ayres has accurately described Modern China.