February 2012

Martin Jacques: Understanding the rise of China

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Speaking at a TED Salon in London, economist Martin Jacques asks:  How do we in the West make sense of China and it's phenominal rise?  The author of "When  China Rules the World," he examines why the West often puzzles over the growing power of China.

We have been discussing some of the ideas presented by Martin Jacques for more than ten years and for those of you coming here, or just having an interest in general of the world we live in, it would not be a waste of your time to spend 20 minutes listing to Mr. Jacques speak on this topic.

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Are you in China at the pleasure of the Emperor? Michael Sylvester

Le Petit Journal ran an engraving in 1898 about the West carving up China, which at the time wasking.jpg deemed to be the West protecting the world agaisnt the 'yellow peril.'  The term is often credited to Kaiser Willhelm in the same year that this cartoon first appeared. 

The governance that followed was known as the Treaty Port days here in China, which followed the Opium War days in the mid 1800's.   You know, that whole thing about Britian selling opium to the Chinese for silver.  After the Brits hooked the Chinese on opium, they then used the silver collected from drug dealers in China to buy tea with it in China to send back to England.  Often, here in the South, the drug lords and tea sellers were the same government actors.

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