There is no denying that as the world’s second largest economy, China’s global economic influence is significant.
Martin Jacques, senior fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge University and a visiting professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, argues that China’s impact on the world reaches far beyond the economic realm and can be better understood through the history of civilization.
“The characteristics which shape China are not the characteristics of the last 120 years, they are of the last 2,000 years, or longer,” says Jacques. “What am I talking about here? Confucian values.”
Martin Jacques: China's rise to powerAuthor Martin Jacques offers insight on China's relationship with the U.S. and the rest of the Western world.
His global best-seller When China Rules the World: the End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order was first published in 2009 and has since been translated into 14 languages and sold more than a quarter million copies.
Jacques says, “China is, I think, is the most dynamic force in the world today.”
From Beijing, he joins Mike Walter with further insight on China’s relationship with the United States, and the rest of the Western world, and why it needs to be put into cultural and ideological frameworks.
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