Well, I lobbed one more slow pitch past my correspondent, so either he can now see them coming or he doesn't play ball on the weekends.
Thanks to commentators. If you didn't read them, check out the comments by dpbanks and lorenzo.
dpbanks: I've loaded the deck in what I have been posting. There has only actually been one negative reply, and I've not posted a stream of about 20 or so quite positive responses.
lorenzo - Il mio amico! Thanks for writing that rather affirming note and your own observations. You are correct - there is only one way to really get what we are saying, and that's to spend some time there. I could not pass up the opportunity to try and express these ideas when I had the chance (drop me an email sometime and we can compare our travel schedules in China - it would be fun to meet up).