I cannot take credit for the genesis of this thought (ht Doug Evans). However, it’s worth talking about. When it comes to business goals, why would the United States possibly want to emulate China and not Germany? Do you want millions of poverty like wages for your population? Or, would you like very high paying jobs for millions of people based on high skilled labor that is adapting to the manufacturing realities in this decade? Similarly, who in their right mind wants to be in Beijing right now? Certainly the government cannot expect its people to endure this kind of suffocating air quality, no matter what they say about the business outlook.
Repeat patterns of success. Discard those ideas that have proven to be unsuccessful and you will be able to focus on the truly innovative ideas that can get millions of people in the USA with good wages and a good environment.