The China Wave: Rise of a Civilizational State
This is a best-seller in China and a geopolitical book for our times. As a leading thinker from China, Zhang Weiwei provides an original, comprehensive and engrossing study on the rise of China and its effective yet controversial model of development, and the book has become a centerpiece of an unfolding debate within China on the nature and future of the world's most populous nation and its possible global impact. China's rise, according to Zhang, is not the rise of an ordinary country, but the rise of a different type of country, a country sui generis, a civilizational state, a new model of development and a new political discourse which indeed questions many of the Western assumptions about democracy, good governance and human rights. The book is as analytical as it is provocative, and should be required reading for everyone concerned with the rise of China and its global implications.
powerful defense capability, and gone are the days when foreign powers could bully and invade China at will, as was the case in China’s century of humiliations from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century. It also allows China to carry out large-scale projects, rare in human history, such as the supply of natural gas from the western to eastern regions, and nationwide highway and high-speed train networks. For most countries, any move up in the value chain often means that labor-intensive industries
of the cultural traditions of “hundreds of states” over China’s long and continuous history. Indeed, this analogy is applicable to many other cross-cultural comparisons, and China enjoys a significantly higher degree of cultural richness and diversity than most other countries. Thanks to its continuous civilization of several millennia and its three decades of successful reform and opening up, China is now witnessing its cultural renaissance. (5) Unique Language The Chinese language is both an
that if certain standards are created in China, they will generate an international impact. Fundamentally speaking, competition in the field of setting standards is the fiercest in the world, and this is true in the economic and technological field, and also true in the political domain. There are three strategies in the global competition of standards. The first one is to be a follower, i.e. to use standards set by others, and this is the lowest in value creation. The second is to be a
democratization movement in Thailand in 1998, has now observed that Thai politics is extremely corrupt, country folks “extremely ignorant” and election has become “meaningless”. He even proposed the parliamentary election to be replaced by appointment, as election in Thailand has “little meaning”. Thailand adopted monarchical democracy back in 1932 but has since experienced 24 coup d’états.6 Indonesia is now a democracy by Western standards, but its politics is still strongly influenced by
clashes of civilizations, climate change and various problems associated with urbanization. Western wisdom is indeed insufficient, and Chinese wisdom should make its contributions now. At the end of this debate, I must admit a certain degree of triumphalism about the China model is tempting. But my intention is beyond that. Yes, China is rising fast, and most experts expect China to become the world’s largest economy in 10 to 20 years, with a middle class twice the size of the whole US