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Does the 21st Century Belong to China?: Kissinger and Zakaria vs. Ferguson and Li (The Munk Debates)

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Is China s rise unstoppable? Powered by the human capital of 1.3 billion citizens, the latest technological advances, and a comparatively efficient system of state-directed capitalism, China seems poised to become the global superpower this century. But the Middle Kingdom also faces a series of challenges. From energy scarcity to environmental degradation to political unre ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published November 22nd 2011 by House of Anansi Press (first published 2011)
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Brit Cheung
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
It is midnight but I am 100% percent sure that IF I didn't get these words down now and put off till next morning, a few hours sleep would eat up all memories of what need to say. Oblivion is a friend and Oblivion is a foe.

The book is the narration of the Munk Debate of 2011. It's quite readable and intriguing to see those perceptions of scholars collide with each other. But IMHO, the name of the book “will 21st century belong to China?” was a little bit misleading, inflammatory or even to some
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Jeffrey  Sylvester
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
“Does the 21st Century Belong to China?” between Niall Ferguson, David Daokui Li, Fareed Zakaria and Henry Kissinger was one of the more informative Munk Debates especially for those unfamiliar with historic and contemporary Sino-U.S. (Anglo-Saxon) relations.

This debate touches on most of the primary issues regarding China’s prospective rise or impeding collapse as well as its containment. Most of it centers on China’s time between 1978 and the present as China liberalized toward a market econo
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Erez Davidi
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This debate was conducted in Canada sometime during 2011 as part of The Munk Debates. Since I've already read almost every book by Niall Ferguson (most recently Civilization: The West and the Rest) and On China by Henry Kissinger, I felt I was rather familiar with their views on China, and so, I was more interested in the views of David Li and Fareed Zakaria.

Very quickly I came to realize that this debate is not only about China, but also to a large extent on the fragile situation of the United
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Randa Allam
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history-insight
China doesn't have the political capacity to claim leadership responsibility world wide. Even though, it's economy has been in a quite a rise the last ten years, there are massive inefficiencies built into the Chinese economic system. They have a huge property bubble. Their growth is highly inefficient. So it is a quality problem in terms of the economic growth and foreign direct investment.
Also, one very important factor is the uncertainty of dealing with the rising middle class in China. How
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Cyrus Shahriari
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Munk Debates are a biannual series of debates on major policy issues held in Toronto, Canada (Wikipedia). In June 2011, the debate featured Henry Kissinger and Fareed Zakaria debating against Niall Ferguson and David Li. A lively debate captured in this brief book which can be read in a few hours. It contains insightful arguments from the American, Chinese, Canadian, European and global perspective. The following quotes summarize the debate well: "So don't believe that the Chinese are strate ...more
Jack
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I learned about this book from readings by Niall Ferguson and Fareed Zakaria. This exchange of thoughts about China is presented in an exciting debate format, which makes this book a quick read. With Ferguson and Li presenting the pro-argument, Zakaria and Kissinger argue that the 21st century will not belong to China, though the Chinese will certainly change the landscape of this century economically and politically.

In addition to hearing from some of the best minds on U.S.-Sino relations, the
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David Chabot
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is actually a transcript pf a debate held in Toronto in 2011. Although the debate might have been longer and richer, having 4 international geopolitical superstar on the same stage is amazing. Reading the debate won't learn you so many new facts but it might give you a different perspective on China. It convinced me even more that China might be the target of some Donald Trump trying to blame it for everything that's bad in the world, but in the end it's a peaceful country looking to i ...more
Ryan Rommann
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
An entertaining debate among some intellectual giants. There were some great points, and a couple comedic zingers from both sides. The only person punching well below the rest was Li.

As most of these sparring matches go, they often debate around the narrow confines of the motion's semantics. Based on that alone, Kissinger and Zakaria definitely won the argument against the motion. China might have a preponderance of power in the 21st century, but it certainly won't "belong" to it alone.
dom
Nov 09, 2013 rated it liked it
A good introduction to some issues re: China/US/global power balance. Some interesting arguments: It's not China's objective to dominate the world; interpretations of China GDP are skewed because this wealth must be distributed amongst 1.3 billion people; Chinese language is a barrier to global cultural influence; the era of US global dominance is over; economic power does not geopolitical power guarantee. Extremely brief and readable. From 2011.
Luc
Jun 01, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is a transcript of a debate that took place in Toronto, Canada in the fall of 2011. The content of this debate gives us a fairly good idea about the pros and the cons about whether or not China will dominate the world scene in the 21st century. There is a good deal of interesting arguments but we live in an increasingly fluid world where everything is possible. I consider this book as introduction material.

Joe
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was educational, however, I should have paid more attention to the synopsis as it is a transcript of a debate. Would have been better to watch the debate to gauge the interactions between participants. Perhaps I still will.
Ross
Nov 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Just read this. It's pretty interesting; however, not deep enough. It's expensive considering that it's just a transcript of a debate.
Ritika Chandra
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great if you want a quick update on China's position from a geopolitics and economic lens. A little dated but entertaining.
Michael
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great debate! Both sides presented excellent arguments and the audience was swayed to change their original votes!
Anshul
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick & Insightful
Przemek Kotowski
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting and condensed list of challenges and chances for China in the near future. I just lacked participants to cover two issues - human rights and ecological devastation.
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Henry Alfred Kissinger (born Heinz Alfred Kissinger) is a German-born American bureaucrat, diplomat, and 1973 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. He served as National Security Advisor and later concurrently as Secretary of State in the Richard Nixon administration. Kissinger emerged unscathed from the Watergate scandal, and maintained his powerful position when Gerald Ford became President.

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