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China's Megatrends: The 8 Pillars of a New Society Hardcover – January 5, 2010
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Naisbitt, author of the 1982 bestseller Megatrends—an analysis of the economic, political, social and cultural transition taking place in the U.S.—collaborates with his wife and turns his focus to our competitor to the east. Why, the authors ask, has autocratic China succeeded while many democratically governed states have failed to make economic progress? He tells a compelling story of a country that is maturing in hyperdrive and can concentrate on economics partially because it isn't distracted by election cycles and national soul searching. The book runs down the eight pillars of a new society, the strategic moves that have maneuvered China forward, and examines Chinese values, artistic and intellectual ferment, freedom and fairness, media and the swift changes that have brought a country in which wealth was unthinkable and education derided into a place that values entrepreneurism and boasts a business school enrollment comparable to middle-income countries. A thoughtful, ambitious overview sure to be of interest to all those curious about world economics. (Jan.)
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“An intriguing look at the new China” (Kirkus Reviews)
“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)
“The best explanation to date of the hows and whys of China’s rapid rise.” (Raymond Zhou, China Daily)
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This text backs up many current developments in a positive outcome with indisputable truths as well as some personal conclusions. I will not go into attempting to sell data, the accumulation of data, or the interpretation; but the authorship team express clearly in the introduction their method and intent. They are Americans, who have years of experience living in China, who lead a data collecting nonprofit in China, whose function is to study China by gathering the facts and letting conclusions arise as data collections are amassed. The authors seem to be true Chinese social scientists reporting to Americans with digestible literary intent and ability. The authors favorably lean to the harmonizing of Chinese and American economic growth, together within the world arena. This work has reassured my feelings, as an Anglo-American citizen and student, as the favorable avenue of global growth.
This book is well thought out and written for American English speaking consumption and interpretation, surrounding the current direction of China and the USA. The author’s basis is a positive future for American cohabitation in the global market place.
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Overall though, it's informative and gave good perspective.
By Francis C W Fung ([...])
Updated: 2010-02-25 17:20
Will America win in an all out confrontation with China? The reality is both sides will lose. How much each side will lose? Which nation will recover more readily from the loss suffered from such an unwise and unthinkable confrontation? Will our over reach into another unnecessary cold war be productive? How essential is it for both nations to reach harmony consensus for win- win development instead of confrontation? America should have a public debate on this very urgent and important subject so we are better prepared for the consequences of our confrontational actions should we decide to embark on it.
Leaders of both nations are fully aware of the severe consequences of an avoidable all out confrontation. But a public debate in America is needed so President Obama will not be subjected to undue pressure from the public to provoke China to the point of no return. American media still mire its mind in the past Cold War mentality as to have not done the necessary task to educate American public about China development. We are uninformed and under disillusion about how China could progress so fast economically during the past three decades.
Despite the fact that the 2008 global financial crises was caused by America, there has rarely been any complaint from China. Chinese culture is not known to be critical of others. Fortunately Chinese leaders also read Sun Zi and follow Deng Xiaoping's foreign policy teaching for China -"Observe developments soberly, maintain our position, meet challenges calmly, hide our capacities and bide our time, remain free of ambition, never claim leadership" and avoid serious confrontations. American leaders are under pressure from the public to confront China for the last half century ever since the founding of the People's Republic of China. Our citizens are constantly reminded by the media that we have the best political system and China must follow the American model to develop (See Martin Jacques, "When China Rules the World", 2010).
American media has vowed with confidence that China now is more dependent on American market. This media driven misinformation served to build up American confidence to please the public. This misconception of the public can be dangerous as to force our leaders hands on too many unnecessary confrontations with China, as witnessed by our superior than thou attitude on Internet Freedom, sales of arms to Taiwan and Obama's meeting with Dalai Lama, despite repeated warning from China. On further analysis it is easy to show that America is actually more dependent on China as our banker to support out twin deficits.
Americans think we won the Cold War because of our superior ideology. Over the years, we have convinced ourselves that we are invincible. We also are very proud that our military power is supreme and that we are a creative nation and lead the world in technology. The truth is that our business enterprise is competitive because we have an early action in industrial revolution and our most endowed land attracts vast number of talents who seek opportunities. Ideology is very fickle. A nation can change her ideology on a dime as we witness China's transformation. During the last three decades of reform and opening up she has proved that her hybrid system of combined state economy with market economy can work quite well. Many foreign talents that used to come from Europe, Japan, China and India are now returning home because economic opportunities in their homelands are growing with increased prosperity. This phenomenon is well known as we saw Japanese and Taiwanese scientists and entrepreneurs returning home during the latter part of last Century and recently some Chinese and Indian talents are doing the same.
If current American provocation is unchecked there may come a point that China will be forced to retaliate in action by discontinuing to subsidize our twin deficits. This reaction will most likely lead to an all out confrontation. The first to suffer will be American consumers who will need to pay higher prices for essential goods to maintain our living standard. Next will be American and Chinese businesses, because 70 % of imports from China are under joint venture management with foreign companies making more profit than that of Chinese business. It may not be fun to watch the domino effects of worldwide trade protectionism and stock markets crash, but it could happen like the 1929 world depression. When this does occur there is no telling who will be the bigger loser.
Luckily the world will recover from the next depression if it should occur despite our efforts to prevent it. The question is who will be more likely to recover from it fastest? America has never had a major calamity that took place in our home land other than the Civil War. China, however on the other hand, during the last Century, experienced the devastation of numerous imperial wars of aggression, the Japanese occupation, two major civil wars, the Cultural Revolution and the recent devastating Sichuan earthquake. She has showed remarkable resilience in recovering from all those calamities. In addition, as an ancient culture, she has shown continuous unity for a long uninterrupted history of five thousand years.
As a dynamic young nation, America does not have a deep rooted ancient civilization as binding force. China is a cultural state and not a political state. China is more centralized and cohesive as is demonstrated by her developing pattern over the last three decades and her fast recovery from the last global economic crisis. (See Martin Jacques, "When China Rules the World", 2010). As the world's manufacturing center, China certainly will be the first to have the get up and go to export consumer goods to the rest of the developing world. Remember in any depression, when the stock market has crashed, cash is king. Whereas America is currently heavily in debt, China has two trillion dollars of foreign currency reserve. Adding the 700 billion from Hong Kong, this will make 2.7 trillion. She and other cash rich nations in Asia will certainly recover much faster during this potential depression than America, even if they are not targeted to rise already by most accounts.
History has ample documentations of the 1929 global depression. It is sufficient to conclude that at this time of crisis, caution is the best part of velour for both America and China not to tempt fate. The most advisable course of action is for America and China both to continue cooperation and reach Harmony Consensus. In a joint effort between the most powerful developed nation and the fastest growing developing country, America and China will both fulfill the manifested destination of greatness, bringing lasting peace and harmony to the world. Harmony is the most common value of human civilization and Harmony Renaissance is the next creative wave of energy mankind is waiting for to lead us to the next level of accomplishment beyond European Renaissance.
this book is pure propaganda. I have even heard socialist Obama staff use phrases from this book: "bottom up, top down".
I can only guess the author was funded by Communist China.
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