This article isn't directly related to agriculture, conservation or energy -- but is indirectly related to all three. If China continues to have a stable political and economic climate it won't be long until the U.S. is taking second seat to their scientific and technological leadership. Interestingly, we trained most of the scientific leadership.
Study Shows China as World Technology Leader
Technology indicators show China ahead of the U.S. in technological standing
Atlanta (January 24, 2008) —A new study of worldwide technological competitiveness suggests China may soon rival the United States as the principal driver of the world’s economy – a position the U.S. has held since the end of World War II. If that happens, it will mark the first time in nearly a century that two nations have competed for leadership as equals.
The study’s indicators predict that China will soon pass the United States in...(complete article here).