When you hope to grow a stronger tree than what you can grow with your native strain, you graft on something from somewhere else. Of course, the verb has a second meaning--which may be the primary meaning in this day and age. So we learn
Chinese state firms are poised to be strong contenders in the race to make high-speed trains that will sprint between Los Angeles and San Francisco, part of a $68 billion project to bring the service to the United States for the first time.
While "bullet train" manufacturers from Germany, Japan, South Korea, and France are expected to be among those jockeying for the estimated $1 billion train contract, China’s ability to offer low prices and hefty financing appear to make it the one to beat, say lobbyists and industry insiders.
Lacking experience in the technology, California must turn to foreign firms to build the trains – albeit domestically and with American workers - setting off a geopolitical race to grab a foothold in the nascent U.S. high-speed rail industry.
Sounds like a plan. Can't wait for the safety records, human rights records and union scale discussion. The shame of it all is the morons in the general press keep quoting $68 Billion when the number is sure to be north of $100 Billion. Meanwhile, back in B'game we worry about a cigarette being smoked on the Avenew.