China’s Century

That’s the name of Newsweek’s cover story tomorrow marking a series of articles on China this week. Topics range from preparing for the 2008 Olympics to religious persecution to hot new Chinese movies. There is a huge amount of stuff here, and unfortunately I can’t get to it tonight.

The Discussion: 10 Comments

first it was all the British newspapers and their series on China, what? now it’s going to be US magazines/papers?

I’m just waiting for the Chinese government/FC Barcelona to announce the Chinese goverment is going to waste 650 million RMB to be the sponsor of the team’s soccer jerseys.

May 2, 2005 @ 9:43 am | Comment

The long article by Fareed Zakaria is a ridiculous piece of superficial hack work.

May 2, 2005 @ 6:10 pm | Comment

While China’s day in the sun will someday arrive, it is a bit too early to begin proclaiming the 21st century as “Chinese”. But then, there were those who very early in the 20th century looked at all the economic indicators and saw nothing but unbridled prosperity ahead for Argentina.

May 2, 2005 @ 10:48 pm | Comment

Speaking of China’s century, I remember reading a couple of years ago that a sharp rise in oil prices was one of the things that could have a serious impact on the economy.

However, even though they’ve risen by 70% in real terms since 2003 (Economist April 16) I’ve not heard a squeak from the govt about this.

May 3, 2005 @ 2:43 am | Comment

Chinese century…? It may well be true. How many miracles they have to show in the last 5000 thousands years to make us believe it?

There is no better predictor of the future than the past. Looking at China’s past, guys. It only became the laggard when they refused to advance and isolated themselves from the world, and with that ridiculous communism system later on of course. I’ve never heard about any sightly impressive of Argentina (no offensive to Argentines of course)… One only just look at all the Chinese societies with decent mordern social systems: Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore (to certain extent, Japanese and Koreans are also huged influenced by the Chinese), then he can see the potential of China. Ever imagine 5 hundred Taiwan, HK and Singapore put together?

I know only 3 things which will definately make people ( or a nation) rich –

inherited treasure: culturewise and/or economic resources (which is limited);

hard work;

and higher intelligence (which will be translated into superior productivity).

Chinese are the one of the few folks around who got them all. The country is the workshop of the world. Historically when British took over Chinese, when American took over British, when German, Japanese took over the rest , they were all called the “workshops”. History repeats itself… Chinese century or whatever they might call it, is just a matter of time, I believe.


May 11, 2005 @ 7:05 am | Comment

I’ll agree China has most of what it takes for greatness. Wherever the Chinese go, they are always the most successful people. The only obstacle I see is the scars of the Cultural Revolution, which still affect the way many Chinese people process information and keep them from making decisions or thinking outside of the box. But that will change, for sure, over time.

May 11, 2005 @ 8:12 am | Comment

china is a great country.

May 13, 2005 @ 12:55 am | Comment

china is a great

May 13, 2005 @ 12:57 am | Comment

The fact that a major American magazine is calling this the Chinese Century is speaking volumes. Newsweek as well as much of the American mass media always talk about US dominance as something that will remain for a very long time, they are always touting America as the greatest empire on Earth and its invulnerability. For such a publication to write an article predicting China becoming the richest nation in the world in 30 years speaks volumes. China overtaking Japan in 2015 is believable, as well as China overtaking the US in three decades. As far as military power, this might take longer, but China is on its way to becoming the most powerful nation in the world. When that day comes, most likely in the middle of the century, most of us will not be around to bear witness to it.

August 5, 2005 @ 12:18 pm | Comment

I cant wait to get here….I am comming from America. This means I have to travel 8,125 miles to see you all!!!!

August 25, 2006 @ 10:46 am | Comment

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