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فيم تفكر الصين؟

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قليلة هي الأمور التي تحدث في حياتنا وتذكر بعد موتنا، بيد أن نهوض الصين أمر مختلف: مثله مثل قيام روما وسقوطها، أو نهوض الإمبراطورية السوفياتية وإنهيارها؛ فسوف تتردد أصداء عواقب نهوض الصين عبر أجيال قادمة.

إذاً لماذا لا يعرف كثيرون منا عن المفكرين الصينين الذين يصوغون في عصرنا الراهن مستقبل بلادهم؟ ما هو نوع البلد الذي يحلمون به؟ كيف ينظرون إلى تأثيرهم في العالم؟...

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Paperback, مترجم إلى العربية, 212 pages
Published 2008 by العبيكان (first published October 2nd 2007)
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AC
Dec 03, 2011 AC rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: china
This is a fairly decent, very brief -- but ultimately far too superficial -- treatment of the political debates current (or current 3 years ago) in contemporary China. I suspect that the GFC already has, and that the immanent coming of Xi-Li will additionally... change the equations somewhat.

The introduction and conclusion are worthless.

Chapter one places Hu and Wen clearly and helpfully in the context of the contemporary debate (2008) between the "New Right" (basically, chinese neoliberals fro
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Tony
Mar 27, 2013 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"From the late Qing era to the early years of the Republic, the era of warlords, Jiang Jieshi, Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin — Chinese politics has made world-shaking changes, but the label put on it [in the West] made no change at all."

And so Mark Leonard sets out, in about 150 very readable pages, to change that, by giving a brief overview of the variety of recent strands of political theory and practice, painting modern China not so much as one big behemoth, but as a wide range of
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Nathan
Nov 12, 2010 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm used to superficial business books about China, and to be honest I thought that's what this was. But no, it proved to be more substantial and interesting than that. This is a book about China's internal politics: how different groups of Chinese see China's rise and how it has been managed.

Just as you can't make sense of America until you understand Democrats and Republicans, this book gives you the context to make sense of Chinese domestic and foreign policy. Rarely did I find it boring, whi
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Santo
Aug 10, 2010 Santo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: china-studies
excellent book...

a great insight into some of the prevailing debates over china's position and role in international relations from the chinese' perspectives (or at least, a western interpretation of chinese perspective)...

enjoyed the book wholly, and has made certain switches in brain turned on... a solid reference for analyses on chinese foreign policy, which can provide a look into china's world view, thus allowing us to find a way to deal with such a view...
Ganesh
Jan 26, 2009 Ganesh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The success story of China and political changes taken in china in recent days. The new moderation in Communism. Simply it says: even within hard core communism, democracy and capitalism can have honourable space. And China has proved it.
Rui Igreja
Apr 19, 2013 Rui Igreja rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: china
Most available books about China are written and have opinions by foreigners. In this book, Chinese academics say what they think about the present and future (mainly politics and economy) of China.
severyn
Before, I knew nothing about China.
Now, I know a little less than nothing, but I'm slightly fascinated.
A pretty interesting essay on current Chinese economic and political thinking.
Sampath
Is this how a political scientist writes a memo for policy makers?
This one felt like reading a formal report but has tons of information in it. Worth reading.
Guy
Nov 13, 2011 Guy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
Now this is an interesting book! It's always a good sign when I get to the end and immediately start anew, this time with a pen in hand to mark and comment on critical ideas and passages. Leonard has spent a lot of time over the past few years talking to Chinese intellectuals and listening to what they say about China and the world -- past, present, and, above all, future. He asks them some questions, gives some critical analysis (tempered perhaps by his desire not to burn bridges, but gently ha ...more
Adrian
Jan 24, 2013 Adrian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the literary landscape is awash with political analysis on China, this short and highly readable volume addresses the fundamental aspects of China's political thought, in an approach that is neither judgmental, nor excessively optimistic toward China's progress.
Chinese approach toward democracy is essentially a cautionary one, with the political culture viewing it as a potential source of instability. This takes the form of possible unrest in non-Han areas, such as Xinjiang, Tibet, or the
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Jon
Aug 09, 2010 Jon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Mark Leonard's premise is that the west has not yet recognized that China is developing her own unique approach to achieving super power status. China has tried to keep a low profile throughout the exponential economic growth of the past 30 years, for fear of western opposition and or intervention. Leonard has investigated China's rhetoric and policies in pursuit of multilateralism, soft power, and inter - dependence in relation to the southeast asian community and the world. The ever present ob ...more
Michael
Feb 06, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Een echte "must read" voor als je geïnteresseerd bent in de kijk van China op de wereld. Hoe kan deze meneer Leonard die kijk van China op de wereld nou weten; deze Westerling?
Hij is een directeur van een Europese denktank (een instantie waar alle bollebozen uit Europa bij elkaar komen om over de toekomst van Europa en de wereld te praten). Daarnaast publiceert hij artikelen in o.a the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal en Die Wellt.
In dit boek schrijft hij over zijn ervaringen met zijn Chinese
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Dewey Norton
Jul 22, 2009 Dewey Norton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To answer this question, the author met with leading scholars, policy makers, journalist, entrepreneurs and others to review economic, domectic and internation political issues. Within the context of one party, centrally planned economy, there is a surprising amount of intellectual ferment and, within strict limits, freedom to analyze ideas and propose alternative for the development of China, a lot more than I had thought. The book addresses some ambitious questions: what kind of country are th ...more
E
Feb 27, 2009 E rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short, savvy tour of Chinese issues and arguments

Mark Leonard’s desultory ramble through China’s intellectual landscape introduces that country’s most influential economic, political, diplomatic and military thinkers. In a market nearly saturated with books that do little more than echo each other’s amazed exclamations at China’s rapid economic development, getAbstract considers this a refreshing change. The book does not offer in-depth analysis of the ideas it presents, nor does it assess thei
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Pieter
Jan 04, 2014 Pieter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politiek
China's geopolitical challenges and its economic evolution are quite common knowledge. It is interesting though to learn about the ideological debates and political trends within China. Since the country allows one political party, one could easily think that all minds are set the same. None of this true. Within the Communist Party of China one has New Left (focusing on increasing income inequality) and New Right (supporting free market). Regarding foreign policy, China has its own "neocons" and ...more
Wei Ming
Jul 06, 2013 Wei Ming rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The insight given by this book into the recent mindset of China's elite - the dilemmas of economic and political direction and how best to find their way out - is incredibly eye-opening for the more casually interested, and even those who are qualified in politics would probably find some new food for thought. The fact that Mark Leonard does this in less than 200 pages is a testament to the lean economy of his writing and his years of experience in Asian studies. The one book I'd recommend for a ...more
Henri Tournyol du Clos
A few quotable titbits and anecdotes in the first half of this otherwise totally meaningless and irrelevant gruel, before it descends into pure farce with "The Chongqing experiment in participation" and stays down there till the end. Leonard is obviously completely ignorant in economics, notably the basics of growth modelling, and has not even bothered to look at the all-important demographics of the country he is writing about - yet that does not prevent him from writing authoritatively about p ...more
Charles
Jul 25, 2014 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating insight into the methodology and philosophy of how the Chinese operate. I've recently been reading about how multi-lingual people have a much broader understanding of the world as each language brings a different perspective to light. So often the Chinese are completely misunderstood, especially by Western powers, that leads to miscommunications and the collapse of relations. Rather than looking to impose our own ideologies upon nations, surely we should first seek to fully grasp t ...more
David
Dec 11, 2012 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
the truth is really not about how China thinks..but to ask the question mainly how does America wants to play out the rest of the world in the coming future..fiat petro dollar, fiscal cliff, military imperialism by using and instigating China surroundings to prevent them from "rising"? such as suggesting Philippines or Japan to be permanent UN Security Council..constant military exercises..point is to provoke China..what does China think? nothing..they are not going to take the bait again since ...more
Rodrigo
Apr 15, 2016 Rodrigo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Insightful. The global economic seismic change, led by the Chinese capitalism model is just the first part of the influence that China is going to have on the world stage. It remains to be seen, and actually might be the central theme of the first half of this century, how politics, order, and culture will depend greatly on China. The impact that we have seen on our economic lives, will be seen on our cultural lives.
Ann
Jan 12, 2010 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If even half of what Leonard says is accurate (and based on what I saw in Copenhagen, it is), the "game" is already over. What China has thought on, has come to pass and they have already taken over the world, the quantitative bit is irrelevant.

His conclusion chapter though is very odd in that it seems like he hasn't read his own book. It's too superficial and I wonder if it's written to the line the publisher thought Western audiences would want to read.
Pat
Jan 13, 2009 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating book because the author lets many of China's current thinkers talk themselves about the way they think China should be moving - and a liberal democracy does not appear to be the direction. This is a small book, but I really haven't seen anything else that explains both the thinking of the last 20-30 years which resulted in a pretty rapacious capitalism and some of the newer thinking which is looking at repairing some of the damage within an authoritarian framework.
Dave Applegate
Leonard does an excellent job bringing an American up to speed with the meta political game of China. I would compare it to teaching a Chinese citizen how to interpret the Democrat and Republican struggles in the United States. Not necessarily the exact issues at hand, but more the motives, ideologies, leaders, histories, and directions of each.
Audra
May 10, 2012 Audra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this book has many interesting points about the growth of China and it's policies, it says little about philosophy; which is what it claims to expound upon. In essence, it's exactly similar to any other book written to inform about China in 2008, pre-Olympics. Nothing special but a good read nonetheless.
John
Nov 24, 2011 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-about-china
Compact, easy-to-read overview of the current, surprisingly diverse, trends in Chinese thought, both political and economic. Very much introductory and written from a western perspective, but then that is most likely his target audience.
Angela
May 26, 2009 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know that I really liked this book, but I felt it was worth the time I spent reading it. The author opened my eyes to looking at China, it's economy and role in the world, in a well rounded way.
Gail
Jul 31, 2008 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
china will probably never be a capitalistic democracy like the USA or even like Europe...they will become a power their own way-- slowly, methodically, we need to quickly learn to understand them because they are not going to start thinking like us.
Justin
Dec 31, 2012 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting English language book on Sino-American relations and the growth of China in general, reportedly from the Chinese perspective. The book does an excellent job of portraying the different thought streams within the Chinese gestalt, which is generally presumed to be unified and monolithic.
Hussain Al-Hayki
Jun 08, 2015 Hussain Al-Hayki rated it liked it
الكاتب يقربك من تجربة الصين ونهضتها العملاقة .. وماهو مستقبل هذه النهضة بكل موضوعية .. ذكر إيجابيتهم العديده من خلال عملهم في مراكز الأبحاث وكذلك الاثار السلبيه الكبيرة لمثل هذه النهضه السريعه. كتاب مفيد
dipayan
A must read on China. The debate on China is entirely shaped by Western authors who have only the Western perspective to offer. Few have interpreted China through the lens of an Asian or through the lens of the homegrown Chinese thinktank. This book does precisely that and hence stands out.
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