Interesting Youtube of Martin Jacques lecture on the rise of China in London. He hits the nail right on the head most of the time. I’m not too sure what he is trying to achieve in front of the many skeptical audience who are basically uneasy with rise of China. Is he trying to alarm and scare them, and will the West be able to understand the East, and live peacefully and share this little world with another sucessful modernised civilization ?
Perhaps Martin Jacques should also talk about the influence of Western civilization on the Chinese, and why they need not neccesarily go into divergence paths. Another drawback is that he is not learned in the Chinese language, the classics as well as the philosophies, and thus unable to bring out the essense of the Chinese culture. Nevertheless, his writings provide a fresh perspective to those people who have not been able to think outside of the Western centric paradigm.
Speaking at a TED Salon in London, economist Martin Jacques asks: How do we in the West make sense of China and its phenomenal rise? The author of “When China Rules the World,” he examines why the West often puzzles over the growing power of the Chinese economy, and offers three building blocks for understanding what China is and will become.
Jacques is the author of “When China Rules the World,” and a columnist for the Guardian and New Statesman.