Daniel Drezner noticed the same thing I did about the first presidential debate: Lehrer asked no question about China, and the candidates themselves barely mentioned China at all.
The sum total of all mentions of China:
- Obama mentions China in space, noting America must remain competitive in math and science
- McCain soundbite: "We owe China $500 billion", in a discussion about spending restraint
- Obama, later, mentions we are borrowing billions from China.
- Obama refers to China (and Russia) as required partners in any meaningful sanctions on Iran
- McCain mentions Nixon's trip to China, and how Kissinger preceded him, while attempting to lecture Obama on the finer points of diplomacy with dictatorships.
That's it, as far as I can tell from the transcript.
India is not mentioned at all.
As this blog often notes, China and India — one third of our entire planet — are growing and industrializing at light speed, which will have a major impact on geopolitics, the environment, and many other aspects of life as we know it.