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When China Rules the World

Martin Jacques
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
Auditorium 1/F, Duke of Windsor Social Services Building, 15 Hennessy Road, Wanchai
Is Mr Jacques' hypothesis in actual fact a reality?

HK$150 members and HK$200 Non members

Sorry no pre lecture drinks at this event.

book signing from 6.30pm lecture starts at 7.30pm

Chinese historian and author Martin Jacques speaks on "When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order ". In this lecture, Dr Jacques examines the shift in power between China and the West, and the beginning of the "Chinese World Order ". Dr Jacques's thesis goes well beyond conventional thinking about China's ascendancy, showing how he believes its impact will be as much political and cultural as economic, thereby transforming the world forever.

Dr Jacques argues that most commentators continue to seriously underestimate China's potential impact on the world. A world with China set to replace the United States as the world's dominant power and the world becoming more Chinese in the process. Dr Jacques argues that China cannot be understood in western terms but only through its own history and culture. To this end, he introduces a powerful set of ideas including China as a "civilisationstate ", the tributary system, the Chinese idea of race, a very different concept of the state and the principle of "contested modernity ". This profound, farsighted lecture makes startling predictions on what Dr Jacques believes the future will look like, and the deeper meaning of China's rise to power.

Dr Jacques also discusses the global shift in power since the Western financial crisis, arguing that the decline of the United States may well prove faster than currently anticipated. He expands on his influential civilisationstate argument that China is constituted on the basis of civilisation and not on the basis of nation such as in Western societies and how the belief in Chinese superiority derives directly from a sense of "civilisational greatness ". He discusses the renminbi and how its role is likely to evolve and ultimately replace the dollar and euro as the world's reserve currency. He examines the extent that the Chinese economy is moving from being based on cheap labour to engaging increasingly in valueadded production based on rising expenditure on research and development, urbanisation, the rise of China's megacities, how China's relationship with East Asia is evolving, its relationship with India, the US and Europe and how the international system is likely to be shaped and transformed by China's hegemony.

Martin Jacques received a firstclass honours degree from Manchester University and read for his doctorate at King's College, Cambridge. Initially a lecturer at Bristol University, Dr Jacques became editor of the British communist magazine Marxism Today from 1977 to 1991. Dr Jacques was also a cofounder of the thinktank Demos. Dr Jacques is a leading journalist and has been a columnist for The Times and The Sunday Times, was deputy editor of The Independent and is a columnist for The Guardian and New Statesman. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He has previously been a visiting professor at the International Centre for Chinese Studies at Aichi University, Japan, a visiting professor at Renmin University in Beijing and a senior visiting fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.

Dr Jacques is also the coauthor of several books including "The Forward March of Labour Halted? ", "The Politics of Thatcherism " and "New Times ". His eponymous book "When China Rules the World " became an immediate global bestseller, which is now translated into eleven languages and has been shortlisted for two major literary awards. Dr Jacques has also made many television programmes and lectures worldwide.

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