The world is changing, I guess that’s no new information or sentiment for everyone out there. The world changes all the time and it can happen on so many different segments or topics, but I wanted to concentrate on particular socio-economic change the world might see in the near future and it has all got to do with the explosive grow China has made over the years and will continue to do.
I read a book while I was doing my history degree, doing my non-European history course and I found it rather illuminating to be honest. I’ve always been interested in Chinese, Japanese and Korean history, but Martin Jacques “When China Rules the World” opened my eyes to a whole new perspective of a developing modern global economy and its effect.
The book is a in depth analysis of the growth of China on the global market and which cultural, economic, political and linguistic factors have made this possible. But one thing has got me thinking that something could change and Martin Jacques says it like this: “China will replace the United States as the world’s dominant power. In so doing, it will not become more western but the world will become more Chinese. I think this is a very interesting point and it’s something worth looking into. We are so used to the idea that when countries change, they will become more western. That means that they will adapt and adopt our values.
Jacques’ book focusses on the idea that China becomes the dominant power in the world and will not modernise according to Western standards, but that they will modernise according to their own set of values, standards and history. They see the world through Chinese eyes and according to Jacques this will lead to global world seen through Chinese eyes. The West will then modernise according to Chinese standards instead of American standards.
And this is something I think is an amazing theory, because it explores the world in a whole different perspective. But it also raises many questions:
- What will this mean for the economy?
- Will English still be the leading language or will Chinese become more and more important?
- The Chinese believe in harmony over freedom, what will this mean for the contemporary democracy?
- The Chinese according to Jacques, are one of the most racist ethnical groups in the world. What will this mean?
- What set of values will vanish and which ones are we going to add to our existing ones?
If you are interested in what he has to say and want more information on his opinion, check this video out!