I've been reading in the papers lately about china does this, china does that. Fuel cell train, solar laws, 1 child policy etc. The same can be said about Arnold Schwarzenegger's policies.
Both parties have the resolve (not just political will), to execute programs that they deem necessary for the overall good. Even if some of them are not necessarily popular with the common man.
Ask the average american to PROPERLY diet and exercise. Better yet, ask the average old person to exercise. These people generally know what they have to do but lack the will to properly execute it and will come up with many excuses why they can't.
China is developing and evolving at a rapid pace because they know what to do and have the resolve to do it. While other countries are bogged down with bureaucracies, considerations, democracies, compromise, etc. and are therefore left behind in terms of development. A similar comparison can be said with Pro body builders in terms of fitness. If they have to suffer and deprive themselves to develop and achieve excellence, they DO IT.
The analogy between China/Singapore -Philippines is like Mr. Universe contestant - average obese american.
Thank god for The Biggest Loser. A shining example to all the fat unhealthy loser out there.