Understanding the rise of China

Understanding the rise of China

About this talk

Speaking at a TED Salon in London, economist Martin Jacques asks: How do we in the West make sense of China and its phenomenal rise? The author of “When China Rules the World,” he examines why the West often puzzles over the growing power of the Chinese economy, and offers three building blocks for understanding what China is and will become.

About Martin Jacques

Martin Jacques is the author of “When China Rules the World,” and a columnist for the Guardian and New Statesman. He was a co-founder of the think tank Demos. Full bio and more links

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  • carifest2010@yahoo.com  On 01/27/2011 at 4:04 pm

    Immediately after reading, I am thinking wow, China is the greatest, the west is in decline; about to fall, we must start thinking like the Chinese. Then I caught myself, wait a minute, if they are the oldest society and:
    – they are still developing
    – all their modernizations are copies of the west (not necessarily invented by the west)
    – they discovered all these things one could give credit for, but are now learning to use/copy them (from the west)
    – beware of a society to effectively condones cheating and stealing – if you do business in China be prepaed to have a competitor, using and offering your system for sale within 3 months.

    -then something must be good about the west. We allow folks like Ted to call attention and we adapt, and quickly to. But remember we also allow Ted to sell his books and make money from his seminars in the west. his books are probably on sale for pennies on the streets of China and he gets zilch.
    Economies of scale will make them the largest economy but what is the prize? Freedom of the human spirit cannot to bought or sold, forever. In it all, CHOICE is what lifts humans and the west has come closest to offering that to the human spirit.

    Caribbean – Beware of all foreigners, we have had too many masters.


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