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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. 
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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] exhaustive­, incisive exploration of possibilities that many people have barely begun to contemplate about a future dominated by China…A work of considerable erudition, with provocative and often counterintuitive speculations about one of the most important questions facing the world today.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Accessible, inviting…A compelling and thought-provoking analysis of global trends…Infused with a passion.”

    Washington Post

  • “Argued clearly and logically…A useful corrective to those who assume that emerging superpowers, principal among them China, will re-create themselves in America’s image…revealing.”

    Financial Times

  • “A convincing, political cultural analysis…As comprehensive as it is compelling, this brilliant book is crucial reading for anyone interested in understanding where we are and where we are going.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A clear-eyed look at how China’s recent modernization will leapfrog Western ‘superiority’…Jacques walks the reader through the early establishment of an authoritative, rigidly hierarchical system in China, from emperor to warlord to Mao, encompassing an emphasis on education, family structure, a central bureaucracy and maintaining harmony.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Troy | 3/2/2011

    " To be followed up by: When Pigs Fly: The End of Logic and Reason and the Rise of Far-Fetched, Fantastical Notions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julie | 11/22/2010

    " Really enjoyed this discussion of Chinese vs. Western culture. Great insights. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jrohde | 8/11/2010

    " too long for what he has to say - I read half and got tired of the repetition - the last chapter says it all - the 8 elements that set China different from the Western development model - interesting but hardly spellbinding. quite believable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bill | 7/22/2010

    " Can't quite figure out if this book is alarmist or spot on. But it is most definitely food for thought. I highly recommend it. "

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