Oh, absolutely I agree-- humanity needs to put aside their petting squabbles, and go cooperative with space.<quoted text>
They have so many other problems to address with their new wealth, I'd be surprised if they spend much of it re-inventing the wheel. Their hardware seems impressive though. The real shame is not inviting them to participate in the ISS or other international cooperative projects. Space exploration needs to be a 'human effort' above and beyond politics.
I know from the various personal anecdotes of astronauts, they all feel that way-- in space, everyone is human first.