Most of those who look at China with interest, fear, reprobation, courtesy, hope, or simple curiosity see the future and sustainability of China as adapting to the Western economic and value system. But what is the scenario from a Chinese point of view?
Taking an inside-out approach, John and Doris Naisbitt explain what enabled China to change in only 30 years from a nation of poverty and backwardness to become the third-largest economy of the world, beat Germany as export champion, and challenge America as the most competitive. China has reinvented itself as if it were a huge enterprise, developing a company culture that fits the demands of the enterprise and its people on the path to modernity and wealth. Looking for patterns that form the picture of the new China, the Naisbitts found what was of much greater dimension and importance than the economic rise of China: China is creating an entirely new social and economic system. It is creating a political counter-model to Western modern democracy, fitting to Chinese history and society, just as America created a model fitting to its history, society, and values more than 200 years ago.
Economically and politically, China has left the path of imitation and is determined to become the innovation country of the world. In the next decades, China will not only change the global economy, it will challenge Western democracy with its own model.
©2010 John Naisbitt and Doris Naisbitt; (P)2010 Tantor
"The best explanation to date of the hows and whys of China's rapid rise." (Raymond Zhou, China Daily)
"Acompelling story of a country that is maturing in hyperdrive and...[a] thoughtful, ambitious overview sure to be of interest to all those curious about world economics." (Publishers Weekly)
I purchased this audiobook in the hopes of gaining some insight into the economic gears of the huge, powerful economic machine that China represents. I am not an economist, nor do I play one on TV, but I have had an enduring interest in China and Chinese history. I made it about four hours into the audiobook before I shut it off for good. There was little about the current and future economic situation in China. It seemed like every other sentence had to do with apologizing for China's authoritarian power structure, or explaining why it is actually good for the Chinese right now. Most of the explanations boil down to something similar to (or exactly like) "You can't judge them because America had slavery." If the author had left all of that out, there may have been some room for expanding on a few nuggets of interesting and informative content.
Though the author try to understand China by not judging with western standard, the book does not provide a thoughtful analysis of future trends of China. Nothing new in the book, just rationalization of current China's policies.
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