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China Shakes the World: A Titan's Rise and Troubled Future -- and the Challenge for America Paperback – October 11, 2007
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In "China Shakes the World: A Titan's Rise and Troubled Future--and the Challege for America" (270 pages), Kynge spends the first part of the book bringing us a vivid picture of the awakening economic giant that China is becoming, and things will only get more vivid from here on. Interesting tidbits that the author brings us include that the architecture of the once-historic (and now revitalized) city of Chongqing is patterned after Chicago, itself once the fastest growing city; or that suicides among young rural women in China rank as one of its greatest social ills (500 per day, and 56 percent of the world's femal suicides occur in China). After going into a thorough anaylsis of the Italian textile industry's problems, Kynge makes the dry observation that "the simple, unpalatable truth is that in many areas of manufacturing, European companies cannot compete in the long run, no matter what countermeasures they or the EU may take".
As for China's "technology gap", Kynge observes that "the potent lure of the 1.3 billion person market, no matter how illusory it may be, has helped China to leapfrog some of the technology barriers that had stymied several of the Southeast Asian 'tiger' economies in the 80s and 90s". In the second part of the book, the author exposes some of the problems China faces.Read more ›
China has probably broken every record in the history of economic development and Kynge goes over many of the statistics that other China-watchers have already enumerated. What is unique about this book is that it gives equal time to the dark underside of this story. Front and center is the problem of pollution and environmental degradation. Of the 20 most polluted cities in the world, 16 can be found in China. A majority of the largest cities - 400 of the 668 largest - are experiencing water shortages. By 2050, two-thirds of China's ice field will have melted due to global warming. China is already the second largest producer of greenhouse gases after the US. The challenge will be growing without doing irreparable damage to the environment.
China a major and growing importer of natural resources and driving up global commodity prices. With their growing appetite for raw materials such as lumber, many of the world's rainforests in Indonesia, Myanmar, Central Africa, and Brazil are being logged - illegaly - to be sold in China. An area of rainforest about the size of Belgium disappears every year.Read more ›
Recently there are many books talking about the rise of China and a genuine concern/conclusion/impression is China's 'Political instability' and its 'Military threat to the world'. To my opinion, the only 'Political instability' for the sake of people has to come from the gradual and peaceful self reform within the Chinese system under the influence/pressure from the west. Democracy has to be built upon a certain level of wealth of the society. Do you care whom to vote if you're worrying next meal for your family? Did the Russian people get a good democratic benefit after the collapse of their communism? To understand if China poses military treat to other nations, simply look back to the history. And a better question would be who has really been posing military threat to the world now?
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Don't let the 2006 copyright stop you, this is a very relevant and incisive book on China. As I've mentioned in another review, writing books about China has become somewhat of a... Read morePublished 23 months ago by TopCat19
Lovely well-written book with deep insights in to China.Published on August 11, 2014 by Barclay T. Leib
This is a great book about China and it's impact on the rest of the world - both positive and negative. Read morePublished on May 17, 2014 by Baraniecki Mark Stuart
I found this book extremely interesting, well-written, and comprehensive in its sweeping treatment of the extraordinary rise of China's economy and how that affects--for good and... Read morePublished on March 22, 2014 by J. Rothwell
Reads like good fiction and left this reader nervous. Hard to imagine that what Kynge observes about China doesn't presage a grim future.Published on November 30, 2013 by A. T. Kahl
James Kynge was the China bureau chief of the Financial Times until 2005. He first visited China in 1982 and is fluent in Mandarin. I found this a fascinating book. Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by David Lindsay
James Kynge provides an intriguing view on the origin and dynamics of the recent economic developments in modern China. Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by Michel Robeers