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The Dragon and the Elephant: China, India and the New World Order

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The rise of China and India will be the outstanding development of the 21st century, raising fundamental questions about both the structure of the world economy and the balance of global geopolitical power. Will China still be a repressive and undemocratic regime, embracing free market economics but only when it suits? How aggressive a superpower will it be? And what about ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 26th 2007 by Profile Books
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Dec 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: political, economy
The subject itself is one that interests me and I really like the authors other books and articles in The Times but I ust couldn't get into this week. It was so difficult to read and I found the topics raised came across as being quite dry.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A thorough primer into the rising economies of both China and India. It's quite dense and dry, and doesn't provide any very definitive conclusions other than the final paragraph. But that has everything to do with the complexity of the topic. With so many moving parts, making future predictions is tough. So instead this book serves as a way to get a clear picture and good grasp on both companies.

It has a reasonably comprehensive history for both countries and strives to fairly look at their adva
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
A clear, concise explanation of the two superpowers in the world right now. Brilliant use of statistics and other sources. A worthwhile read if what's happening with the world economics right now interests you.
Paul Whitla
Apr 05, 2020 rated it liked it
A sketchy book that contains some good parts but overall is a little too general for most readers who will already have some familiarity with the subject. The book comes in seven main sections:

The introduction and opening chapter frame the book and the author goes back to suggest that at one time India and China were amongst the worlds major trading nations; what is happening now is only a return to that position. All a bit breathless and nothing really very new.

The second and third chapters loo
Jeff Doquesa
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good introductory work to compare the Chinese and to a lesser extent, Indian economic success
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book perfectly describes the economic, demographic and political differences between the largest two emerging market economies.
Vadassery Rakesh
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I think this is the most realistic of comparisons between a successful economy and a dragging wannabe. But the author is prudent enough to see the things with a longer perspective, wherein he rightly predicts India, the proverbial laggard tortoise to snatch the laurels from the disciplined, swift and agile Dragon. He rightly identifies the bomb on which China is resting it's ass - the suppressed population of 1.4 Billion. Matter of time that a Soviet Union repeats in the Kungfu land with more gr ...more
Sep 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book gives great insight into the two countries emerging as the next world powers. Personal stories are intertwined with history and cultural facts. It makes globalization real and very understandable, and maybe not quite so frightening. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Some more of the same stuff, some interesting insight in parts. A fast read, and well written.
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Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
The book is structured well, each chapter contains a section for India and China allowing the reader to make direct comparisons for themselves. Good basic introduction on the rise of India and China.
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An excellent and simplified book for those interested in the global economy, politics and history. A lot of the prospects mentioned in this book becomes real as I can see.
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David Smith is Economics Editor of The Sunday Times. He has a number of other books under his belt and is regularly on the radio and television, commentating on economics.

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