When China Rules The World: The Rise of the Middle Kingdom and the End of the Western World
China will replace the United States as the world's dominant power. In so doing, it will not become more western but the world will become more Chinese.
Jacques argues that we cannot understand China in western terms but only through its own history and culture. To this end, he introduces a powerful set of ideas including China as a civilization-state, the tributary system...more
The Atlantic Monthly had an excellent article that I thought was quite revealing about how evolution towards greater public space for diverse opinions in China will and will not follow American trends. The article, “Clash of Civilizations: The Confusion of Being a Chinese Student in America”, is well-worth reading in full.
Brian, this might interest you in particular. The extracted comments below illustrate well, I feel, the different cultural views that the Chinese have ...more
Martin Jacques’s When China Rules the World is well written, nicely packaged, and fails utterly in explaining why China is going to rule the world. But then, maybe we should it expect it to. After all, it’s not called Why China Will Rule the World, but with a title like the one it has, one can be forgiven for expecting a concrete explanation.
In this book, you’ll find academic prose, a massive select bibliography, 70 pages of notes, lovely maps and graph ...more
What's important to keep in mind while reading this book is to ...more
I have read some of the reviews of this book -- not all, of course -- and have to say that I have rarely seen so many understand so little. For the most part, they seem to have si ...more
"Ultimately, nations see the world in terms of their own history, values and mindset and seek to shape that world in the light of those experiences and perceptions."
"What then will be the key characteristics of Chinese modernity? They are eight in all, which for the deeply superstitious Chinese happens to be their lucky number. In exploring these characteristics, we must consider both the internal f ...more
There is a belief that as a country becomes progressively more "modern", it will become progressively more "Western". It's the belief that what we have undergone is where everyone will end up, it's a historical inevitable because that's what Westerm liberal democratic and capitalis ...more
At the same time, I liked the book for what it offered. It was just presented differently than I anticipated.
The author goes into a lot of detail, which becomes both a blessing and a curse.
I enjoyed the detail as it related to history and how cultural differences influence business and economic activity in a way that westerners like me might find hard to ...more
The idea that the United States could end up like England or France (-ish), rather than towering or toppled into a dystopian mess, isn't very "sexy" — but, this is what separates those who know better (i.e., "those ...more
The baton of pre-eminence, before being passed to the United States, had been held by Europe, especially the major European nations like Britain, France and Germany, and previously, to a much lesser extent, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands.
According to projections by Goldman Sachs, as shown in Figure 1, the three largest economies in the world by 2050 will be China, followed by a closely matched America and India some way ...more
1) China is not a nation as we perceive it, but rather a civilization, with an unbroken history of at least 3,000 years. So we shouldn't try to make it fit our political model ...more
Theoretically, the book is an examination of China's history and economy with the aim of preparing Westerners for the worldwide cultural shifts that will occur when China becomes the largest economy and then *really* takes off. I have some anxiety around this (one thing I did get out of the book is that being an American is hard, because we're the superpower--smaller ...more
As a result, the book is as biased as any one is likely to come across. ...more
The detailed facts and figures about China's economy were perhaps overdone and unnecessary, especially since they were outdated the moment the book was published. This had the effect of making me feel as if I was reading an old magazine article.
The best portions of the bo ...more
Need to listen/read this book with a large grain of salt, but fascinating none the less. ...more
Jacques was a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain, becoming, in his own words, "a member of its Executive Committ ...more