Ross Terrill, research associate at the Fairbanks Center for East Asian Research at Harvard University, lectured on "China Today: A First-Hand Impression."  The author of 800,000,000:The Real China (1972), Dr. Terrill, an Australian citizen who was granted special permission to enter China for his research in 1964 and again in 1971, told his audience, "Americans have been apprehensive of China and this is what led to an overestimation of Chinese power.  China is poor....  I am staggered that Americans feel threatened. The Chinese do not present a material or military challenge.  China only presents a spiritual challenge: the Chinese didn't follow that path the Americans thought they should."     The Miscellany News