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  • When China Rules the World

  • The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order
  • By: Martin Jacques
  • Narrated by: Scott Peterson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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By: Martin Jacques
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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 21st 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 21st 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.

©2009 Martin Jacques (P)2009 Gildan Media Corp
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"A convincing economic, political and cultural analysis of waning Western dominance and the rise of China and a new paradigm of modernity. Jacques takes the pulse of the nation poised to become, by virtue of its scale and staggering rate of growth, the biggest market in the world...As comprehensive as it is compelling, this brilliant audiobook is crucial listening for anyone interested in understanding where the we are and where we are going." ( Publishers Weekly)

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The future under China

This was an insightful book and a must read for anyone who cares about the future.

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Narration is pretty bad

Sorry, i wanted a refund, this is really hard to listen.
Content is great though, but Scott Peterson did not fit this story; it is like a robot reciting lines,

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Great book

10 years on, many of the observations of this book have come to fruition. Great book.

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Propaganda

Some good points and interesting book but reading this book during COVID-19 it reads like an apologetics textbook for what the world now sees as a tyrannical regime. Granted it was written some years ago pre Trump and post Global Financial Crisis. It’s just not very balanced - for instance the author is quick to point out Western historical foibles but brushed over China’s. It should be updated to take account of China’s aggressive Belt and Road Strategy, the riots in Hong Kong and the economic warfare they have unleashed on countries that question their response to Covid. On the positive side the book presents interesting concepts for a Western reader to understand China from a non-Western paradigm, for example that China is a civilization rather than nation state.

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Great book but narration lacked

Jacques is a great scholar of China and has written a relevant (albeit now quite old) tome on China's rise and it's implications. Much of his expectations have come to reality.

Unfortunately, the narrator was unable to pronounce much of the Chinese language contained in the book which was unexpected and quite frustrating. He had a good voice otherwise.

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