Forgot to mention that I did an interview with Al Korelin on the weekend chatting about China with Rick Rule. Goes for about 10 minutes and you can download it from here, segment 4.
While I'm posting, will mention this post from Miguel Perez-Santalla of Bullion Vault about Star Trek and gold - makes a good point about gold's enduring value:
"It just so happens that in this Star Trek episode which was aired November 11, 1989, the Ferengi, an aggressive profit centered alien culture show up at negotiations with a bag full of gold bricks. This episode to me expresses two things. First is that the writers for Star Trek believe that thousands of years into the future gold will have value. Secondly, that 24 years later after having aired the show gold still holds value."