When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order: Second Edition

When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order: Second Edition

by Martin Jacques
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When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order: Second Edition by Martin Jacques

How China's ascendance as an economic superpower will alter the cultural, political, social, and ethnic balance of global power in the twenty-first century, unseating the West and in the process creating a whole new world

According to even the most conservative estimates, China will overtake the United States as the world's largest economy by 2027 and will ascend to the position of world economic leader by 2050. But the full repercussions of China's ascendancy-for itself and the rest of the globe-have been surprisingly little explained or understood. In this far-reaching and original investigation, Martin Jacques offers provocative answers to some of the most pressing questions about China's growing place on the world stage.

Martin Jacques reveals, by elaborating on three historical truths, how China will seek to shape the world in its own image. The Chinese have a rich and long history as a civilization-state. Under the tributary system, outlying states paid tribute to the Middle Kingdom. Ninety-four percent of the population still believes they are one race-"Han Chinese." The strong sense of superiority rooted in China's history promises to resurface in twenty-first century China and in the process strengthen and further unify the country.

A culturally self-confident Asian giant with a billion-plus population, China will likely resist globalization as we know it. This exceptionalism will have powerful ramifications for the rest of the world and the United States in particular. As China is already emerging as the new center of the East Asian economy, the mantle of economic and, therefore, cultural relevance will in our lifetimes begin to pass from Manhattan and Paris to cities like Beijing and Shanghai. It is the American relationship with and attitude toward China, Jacques argues, that will determine whether the twenty-first century will be relatively peaceful or fraught with tension, instability, and danger.

When China Rules the World is the first book to fully conceive of and explain the upheaval that China's ascendance will cause and the realigned global power structure it will create.

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ISBN-13: 9781101151457
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/12/2009
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 848
Sales rank: 532,632
File size: 11 MB
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Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Martin Jacques, a political journalist and scholar, is the coeditor and coauthor of The Forward March or Labour Halted?, The Politics of Thatcherism, and New Times. He lives in London.

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When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Yesh_Prabhu More than 1 year ago
There is an ancient saying in Eastern countries in general, and China and India in particular, and in some African countries too, that "A man is rich when other people owe him money". What applies to an individual could very easily apply to a nation as well. And judged from this point of view, China, which owns more than a trillion dollars of America's debt, is a very wealthy nation indeed. In his fascinating, sprawling, and thought provoking book, with a long, ominous and scary title: "When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order", Martin Jacques, a columnist for The Guardian of London, elucidates that China will not only displace the United States as the preeminent superpower, but also dominate the world stage in economic, social and cultural fields, and change the Western world's concept of what it means to be the preeminent global power. For me, what was even scarier and more ominous than the title was the impression I got as I read the chapters and his well-reasoned and masterfully elucidated points, and the stubborn, indisputable facts and figures that can not simply be brushed away as pure fantasy. And what is truly enigmatic is that America seems to be steadily and willfully marching in the direction of a steep precipice located not too far away. I find it quite fascinating that what he predicted and wrote last year- that the United States will find itself on the eve of a psychological, emotional and existential crisis as it enters a protracted period of economic, political and military trauma - is happening right now. With unemployment hovering around 14% in several states, and a large number of Americans subsisting on food stamps only and no income, and now that President Obama has decided to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, even as civilian deaths caused by drone attacks and night raids have increased dramatically, causing a great deal of trauma, and ever growing anger and resentment and even hatred of America, the author is certainly right regarding "a protracted period of economic, political and military trauma" . Written in lucid prose, this book is quite reader friendly: "The meltdown of some of Wall Street's largest financial institutions in September 2008 underlined the shift in economic power from the West, with some of the fallen giants seeking support from sovereign wealth funds and the US government stepping in to save the mortgage titans Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae partly in order to reassure countries like China, which had invested huge sums of money in them: if they had withdrawn these, it would almost certainly have precipitated a collapse in the value of the dollar." I do not agree with all that the author has written, of course. He states: "At least for the next century, the new world will not be Chinese in the way that the previous one was Western." But at the rate our nation is marching in the wrong direction propelled by misguided notions, and the belief that we can solve many of the world's simmering problems using our military might, I am afraid that the loss of USA's preeminence on the world stage will occur sooner even than the author predicted. Not all readers would be persuaded by this book, however. But this book is worth reading if one reads it with an open mind. I found the book truly gripping, fascinating and thought provoking. Yesh Prabhu, Plainsboro, NJ
ThumbsUp More than 1 year ago
The first chapters are engrossing, eye-opening and well worth the price of admission. You will begin to appreciate the civiliation of China as it exists in the mind of the Chinese. The author admires China but argues China considers itself a superior race / civilization and explains why as its economic strength grows China will likely start trying to dominate other countries. The book also uses clear data to show that the industrialization of China is an absolute requirement to maintain peace inside the country while at the same time, unsustainable since there are not enough world resources. You have to conclude that the world is headed toward a huge struggle over resources and that China is strong enough to get its share - which means hardship for many others. This book deserves applause for its strong analysis, high level of research, clarity of writing and success in communicating the huge sweep of Chinese history which is essential to predicting what will happen next. Once you have read the first few chapters, the rest is simply additional details that are a bit repetitive and therefore less compelling. That is OK though - far better that the author could pack his main points into the first 100 pages and get them across concisely. I wish everyone with a leadership position in America would read the first few chapters of this book.
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Martin Jacques' detailed, scholarly and thorough exploration of Chinese history, culture, business methods and future possibilities proves as paradigm changing as he believes China to be. In one volume, Jacques offers a full menu: An entrée of an overview and subtle insights followed by a main course of historical roots and futurist predictions. Perhaps most valuably, he grounds China's business policy, theory and practices - and their likely future forms - in its history, culture and politics. His Western interpretations of China's motives are poetic when poetry helps readers understand and hard-nosed when plain talk serves best. Jacques' years in China and East Asia, and his life-long reporting about business and policy, make him uniquely suited to illuminate this mammoth subject. getAbstract strongly recommends this book to anyone who is intrigued by China or is doing business in East Asia, and to anyone interested in the cyclical nature of world power throughout history, particularly those who seek to mine that cycle for profit.
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The first half of the book is interesting but not pertinent to the title as the last half. Book could have been 250 pages not 500.
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Mark Malobay More than 1 year ago
Ok book, but for one, China has wealth that depends on our debt, should the US print money with backing from the treasury, not the Fed, China would be busted. Second, for all their people, they cannot concieve any original ideas unless you mean destabilizing your population by killing female babies, all China has is stolen ideas, a country with attitude, but no innovation. Anyone can buy someone's debt , but doesn't make you smarter, especially if the debtor can print new currency making it's current currency toilet paper. China will not resist globilization a destabilized population will leave the 'great han people' with no future generations, and with their humane conditions in the sewer, the US didn't face this type of hurdles in it's conception. If China has a day in the sun it will most likely be eclipsed by stark reality. Cheers.