A lot of Senators are in China today. They include Harry reid, Dick Durbin, Barbara Boxer, Chuck Schumer, Frank Lautenberg, Jeff Merkley, Michael Bennet, Richard Shelby, Mike Enzi and Johnny Isakson.
Nobody knows what they're doing over there.
This afternoon, however, half-page ads have been running on the Washington Post's website about Chinese workers allegedly exposed to n-Hexane at Apple iPad manufacturing plants there. They are essentially demanding greater worker's compensation for their injuries. Clicking the link takes you to a Washington Post blog on China.
My guess is that a great deal of what the Senators are talking about in China, described above as "the world's factory" is the extension of the right to sue American companies and extract worker compensation claims against them for products sold in America. China is going to be dictating to the United States the terms under which it manufactures our goods for us. It only makes sense. They own us!