Posted by: John in: Book Review
I just finished When China Rules the World by Martin Jacques. Overall, I was a little disappointed in the book. Jacques meandered at times, and clearly has a bone to pick with “the West.” For me, these continual attacks detracted from the book. However, there were still some interesting nuggets as follows:
Interesting graphs by Goldman Sachs with predictions of the various sizes of world economies in 2025 and 2050. They predicted that by 2025 China’s economy would be just smaller than the United States’s (and both of these would be four times the size of the next largest economy). By 2050 China’s economy would be nearly twice the size of the United States, with India being just a hair behind the US.
Mandarin Chinese is spoken as a first or second language by 1,052 million people, English is spoken as a first or second language by 508 million.
“There is a well-night global consensus that the Chinese economy will one day be as large as that of the United States, if not larger” (364). This statement was accompanied by a graph showing that people in various countries believed that it was most likely that someday China’s economy would surpass that of the US.
82% of Chinese youth in one survey said that they believed Chinese military power was “not powerful enough, and needs to be strengthened” (393).
It was interesting to read all the comments in a recent article about Chinese immersion in schools. Most were productive, but some like this one: “Can someone explain to me how teaching children in Utah CHINESE is going to be useful to them in the future?”
Hopefully the above quotes are helpful in explaining that. If not, the below video might. The first minute and then from 2:06 – 2:30 really grabbed my attention.