China Counting: How the West Was Lost

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China is now the global counting house, trading Western debt and cashing Western obligations – financially, socially and diplomatically. By 'buying' its own democratic electorate with easy credit, the West has ceded power to the Chinese.

China's primary goal, however, is internal stability and external security, aiming neither for international dominance nor military confrontation. Its governing Party has a national mandate – of, by and for the...

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Overview

China is now the global counting house, trading Western debt and cashing Western obligations – financially, socially and diplomatically. By 'buying' its own democratic electorate with easy credit, the West has ceded power to the Chinese.

China's primary goal, however, is internal stability and external security, aiming neither for international dominance nor military confrontation. Its governing Party has a national mandate – of, by and for the people – a main street mandate for a resurgent China.

Mackinnon and Powell show how China is determining its destiny. This book interprets China's policy of gradual global expansion and the alternatives it offers to open capitalism and liberal democracy. It sifts constants from variables to reveal a China positioning itself for recognition as an equal.

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"By default, China has become the world's banker'. This is a quote which sums up the global revolution we are all living through. This book explores the remarkable rise to domination by China and how it affects us all today. It is readable, authoritative and a fascinating account of a force in the world which cannot be ignored." - Rt Hon Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, KT GCMG honFRSE PC

''Our firm has traded with China for almost two centuries. To remain successful it is necessary to look beyond the variables of the day to the constancy of historical patterns. China Counting takes those patterns, presents an engaging perspective on modern China and puts a global interpretation on its future direction.' - Sir Henry Keswick, Chairman, Jardine Matheson Holdings Limited''

"This book explains how China's historical values focus on the need for knowledge. It is easy to see every day the Chinese commitment to academic, educational, and technological advancement. Unilever funds several initiatives in China that relate to education, including the formation of over twenty "Hope Schools" in needy communities. We particularly endorse the following from China Counting 'The most productive step that Western companies can now take is to offer work experience and jobs to young Chinese graduates'. This year we will do our bit by employing around 50 new Management Trainees selected from 31,000 applicants!"
- Alan Jope, Chairman, Unilever Greater China

"Chinese business decisions are dependent on international and domestic forces, reflecting our corporate focus on facilitating hybrid strategies. China Counting, in extending the arguments made in China Calling, emphasises the need for constructive engagement. As a help for those dealing with Chinese global expansion both books make thought- provoking reading."
- Dave Heddle, Managing Director, Coverdale Management Consulting Company Limited, China''

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230234031
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/8/2009
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

ALEX MACKINNON has extensive organizational experience 'East of Suez' in the Middle East, India and Pakistan, in Japan, in Taiwan, Hongkong and China, in Malaysia, in New Zealand and Australia. He has written on the 1997 Asian crisis for the Scotsman, on Chinese strategy in Management Decision and regularly lectures at Jiaotong University in Shanghai. His management research on Chinese global expansion was awarded a PhD in 2005. His consultancy activities focus on China and its overseas adaptation, linking actual business practice with strategic change.

BARNABY POWELL is a Chinese son-in-law and veteran of development banking in East and South-East Asia (with Singer & Friedlander and Private Investment Company for Asia). He has also served as Secretary-General of the European Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan, as initial Director of the Asia-Invest Programme for the European Commission and as a business consultant in East-West cultural intermediation.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
List of figures and tables
Introduction
Politics
Opportunism
Environment
Might
Society
Power
Opportunities
Equilibrium
Military
Science
Potential
Outcomes
Evolution
Mastery
Second sight
Summary
Discussion
Postscript
References
Glossary
General references

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  • Posted December 2, 2011

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    China Counting

    China is on track to become the world¿s most powerful economy, and it will probably hold that status for a long time. To understand this juggernaut, turn to expert Sinologists Alex Mackinnon and Barnaby Powell. Their book may not be terribly original, but it examines modern-day China from multiple important perspectives. getAbstract recommends this book to those who want to understand the economic reality of China today and in the future ¿ beyond the cardboard cutout that Western politicians routinely wheel out to scare their constituents.

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