What Does China Think?Book - 2008
A leading foreign policy expert offers a close-up look at the inner workings of China to explore a hidden world of intellectual debate that is fueling a new Chinese revolution and to reflect on what this will mean in terms of both China as a nation and its role in global affairs.
But how many people know about the debates raging within China? What do we really know about the kind of society China wants to become? What ideas are motivating its citizens? We can name America's neo-cons and the religious right, but cannot name Chinese writers, thinkers, or journalists?what is the future they dream of for their country, or for the world? Because China's rise? like the fall of Rome or the British Raj?will echo down generations to come, these are the questions we increasingly need to ask. Mark Leonard asks us to forget everything we thought we knew about China and start again. He introduces us to the thinkers who are shaping China's wide open future and opens up a hidden world of intellectual debate that is driving a new Chinese revolution and changing the face of the world.
Blackwell North Amer
Very few things that happen in our lifetime will be remembered after we are dead. But China's rise is different: like the rise and fall of Rome or the Soviet Empire, its after-effects will echo down the generations to come.
So why is it that we know almost nothing about the thinkers in China who are shaping their country's future? What kind of country are they dreaming of? How do they see their influence in the world? We might know that half of the world's clothes and footwear have a 'Made in China' label and that our economies are inextricably linked with China's - but what do we know about China's experiments with democracy; about its anti-globalisation movement; about its plans to deal with America as its own influence grows across the globe?
Mark Leonard provides a fascinating and unexpected perspective on the debates raging within Chinese society today and shows us just how radically China's rise will change the nature of our world.
A leading foreign policy expert offers a look at the inner workings of China to explore a hidden world of intellectual debate that is fueling a new Chinese revolution and to reflect on what this will mean in terms of both China as a nation and its role in global affairs.