Why we westerners are wrong about China

martin_jacques_140x1401980s (coining the term ‘Thatcherism’ among other things), Martin Jacques has consistently proved a provocative and original thinker. His passion these days is China, and he has a book out – When China Rules the World: the Rise of the Middle Kingdom and the End of the Western World. Check out this fascinating TED talk on how the West understands China (or fails to). Westerners are ‘arrogant and ignorant – they refuse to address issues of difference’. He specifies three such areas: China is a ‘civilization state’, not a nation state; the unique importance of race; and the particular relationship between state and society. Damn, now I’ll have to add his book to my reading pile. ]]>

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One Response to “Why we westerners are wrong about China”
  1. Jörg Haas

    I just recently read this book. Very interesting, it hugely added to my knowledge about China and ich changed my perspective about the future of global affairs in the coming decades. Definitely a highly recommended reading!