What is the 21st Century's Empire State?

The Empire State Building in New York City recently had a light display commemorating the 60th anniversary Communist Chinese revolution.  This may be a sign of things to come in the rest of America. 

As the US budget and trade deficits continue to free-fall, our financial system becomes increasingly dependent upon the good will of our creditors - one of the most important being the People's Republic of China.  The Chinese are aware that their huge investment in America is vulnerable to 1) America's ability to repay, and 2) dollar inflation.  China has and continues to search for currency alternatives to the US dollar, but no obvious solution exists at this time. 

What happens when the bonds mature and China and Japan and Europe decide to cash in?  With unfunded federal budget liabilities approaching the $100 trillion mark, the US Treasury will simply be unable to pay, at least in cash.  

One alternative the Chinese could demand might be to tender payment in the form of concessions.  The US government might be forced to sell off huge swaths of federal land to foreign governments.  Another possibility would be for the US government to grant leases to creditor countries, allowing them to exploit resources on federal lands and within our offshore economic zones of control.  Americans may not be able to drill for oil and exploit our other natural resources, but we may be forced to cede that privilege to foreign governments.  On our own territory and off our shores

Oh, the irony! China in the 19th century was compelled to give up "concessions" to the Japanese and Western  empires of the time, including Chinese territory ceded to colonial powers.  
The Empire State Building in New York City recently had a light display commemorating the 60th anniversary Communist Chinese revolution.  This may be a sign of things to come in the rest of America. 

As the US budget and trade deficits continue to free-fall, our financial system becomes increasingly dependent upon the good will of our creditors - one of the most important being the People's Republic of China.  The Chinese are aware that their huge investment in America is vulnerable to 1) America's ability to repay, and 2) dollar inflation.  China has and continues to search for currency alternatives to the US dollar, but no obvious solution exists at this time. 

What happens when the bonds mature and China and Japan and Europe decide to cash in?  With unfunded federal budget liabilities approaching the $100 trillion mark, the US Treasury will simply be unable to pay, at least in cash.  

One alternative the Chinese could demand might be to tender payment in the form of concessions.  The US government might be forced to sell off huge swaths of federal land to foreign governments.  Another possibility would be for the US government to grant leases to creditor countries, allowing them to exploit resources on federal lands and within our offshore economic zones of control.  Americans may not be able to drill for oil and exploit our other natural resources, but we may be forced to cede that privilege to foreign governments.  On our own territory and off our shores

Oh, the irony! China in the 19th century was compelled to give up "concessions" to the Japanese and Western  empires of the time, including Chinese territory ceded to colonial powers.