Understanding the rise of China | Martin Jacques

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  • Published on:  Monday, January 24, 2011
  • http://www.ted.com 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.

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  • Joanna Wang

    Joanna Wang


    Here is a bravo from 2019

  • Bo Peng

    Bo Peng

     yesterday +1

    Don't do what western say, do what western do

  • Qiong Shui

    Qiong Shui

     2 days ago

    You told us in 2011, now it is almost 2020. A man with great vision and wisdom!

  • 中国是我爹,


     3 days ago

    Arrogant Americans always feel that their system is the best, and they always want to change other civilizations rather than trying to embrace them.
    Time will prove that their attitude towards others will return them to their original position in the history.

  • muchen cao

    muchen cao

     3 days ago

    @10:46 before that I agree with most of what he said. Of course the government has been challenged(over 1000years straight, if you said 100years, I might buy it) , why do you think there are different dynasties? China was constantly at war among itself if look at history. When one dynasty does something the people can’t stand, another dynasty rises until they also do something stupid. That’s the pattern of Chinese history.

  • Juju L

    Juju L

     4 days ago


  • ManyThai


     4 days ago

    China didn’t invent any of the things people say it is. And who would even care if they did? Analytic mathematics, the most important invention ever, was Greek, so who cares if the Chinese invented golf

  • Kayak Joe

    Kayak Joe

     4 days ago

    Qin and Han ruled Taiwan?

  • Frank Yang

    Frank Yang

     5 days ago +1

    To those arrogant westerns. Throughout thousands of years of Chinese history, there were hundreds of emperors and thousands of kings. So many divisions or unite. so many different regions ruled together by a single person or ruled by local kings from time to time. You have really good emperors who are still being praised by modern Chinese, and you also have Literally countless coups and rebellions by farmers who couldn't survive. and now you are trying to teach us democracy through your EU history of small kingdoms and littles kings, and how their people fight for freedom or Like what? Is Chinese history a joke to you? Why are you trying to teach what to think when we know what is happening, and what has happened countless times throughout Chinese history.
    From a very small perspective, you cannot just tell us the opposite of what we see( I m not in China currently so get rid of your nonsense of CCP controlling us) in HongKong and hope we think like what you think. Have you ever been to Hongkong, Have you ever been close to China? My hometown is literally across the river from Hongkong, and so many people want to me, a person who is literally closer to HongKong than anyone else here, believe the opposite of what I see and what I believe. Like how does that make sense? When can you actually not see things, for once, from your western angle? WTF is that sense of teaching Chinese( with the history I mentioned) how to see their government and country.

  • Jaco Xu

    Jaco Xu

     5 days ago


  • Christopher Ochoa

    Christopher Ochoa

     5 days ago +3

    "We were wrong about Hong Kong!"
    Spoke too soon.

  • cbraat27


     6 days ago

    This guy is a literal communist. Also, it’s 2020 and the US is still on top. Also, China is cracking down on Hong Kong. Also, China is horrible.

  • Ethan Zhang

    Ethan Zhang

     6 days ago +3

    The Biggest issue is the Western people still use their way to think about China even now. - From December 2019.

  • zhou xiaochen

    zhou xiaochen

     6 days ago

    but I as a Han, respect those from a minority race, and I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t. In fact, respecting other races has been one thing that’s constantly taught to us in textbooks. I’ve heard of differing news on Tibet and xinjiang from both outside and inside China. I’m not sure which one is correct, but the Chinese people, at least those I met, definitely are not discriminative in any way. Even though the government may have done contentious things due to political reasons,, the Chinese in general definitely are not discriminative.

  • 乔治文柯


     6 days ago


  • Indian Gum

    Indian Gum

     6 days ago +1

    Those audiences who were laughing in such a disrespectful way are now crying😂 China will rise even stronger than ever.

  • Wenbo Zhao

    Wenbo Zhao

     7 days ago

    now 2020 is next month... let's see how it goes

  • Ludwig


     7 days ago

    Here in 2019 and all I can do is facepalm as an American. I understand that there's international history and therefore security threats, but the lack of plurality of the general American public is... well, outdated.

  • Hulagu Mongke

    Hulagu Mongke

     7 days ago

    Future Prediction can be wrong. Trade war, ban Hauwei, HK protestors, Uighur detection camps, Foreigners companies moving out and reinvesting around China neighbour counter against one belt and one road initiatives and violate intellectual properties, new city after city are left empty.....will break China commie bank balance.

  • Tony Chopkoski

    Tony Chopkoski

     7 days ago