Martin Jacques: Understanding the rise of China





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.

A few noteworthy points raised are: that China is a civilization and not a country in the Western conception of 'country'; that the Chinese have a different of idea of race than perhaps anywhere else in the world (with all of the good and bad that may exist inside such a position); and that the "State" in China is not only not a power structure to be watched and guarded against, but is rather the protector of the civizilation itself and is thus a welcome member and participant in people's daily lives.  

They are modernizing, not Westernizing. They do not want to be us. They want to be themselves and there is no cause for alarm or fear.  Sure, they see things differently, but they are more like us than you might imagine.

It is, indeed, never boring.