What Does China Think?

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What Does China Think?

What Does China Think We know everything and nothing about China We know that China is changing so fast that the maps in Shanghai need to be redrawn every two weeks We know that China has brought million people from ag

  • Title: What Does China Think?
  • Author: Mark Leonard
  • ISBN: 9781586484842
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Hardcover
  • We know everything and nothing about China We know that China is changing so fast that the maps in Shanghai need to be redrawn every two weeks We know that China has brought 300 million people from agricultural backwardness into modernity in just thirty years, and that its impact on the global economy is growing at unprecedented speed We have an image of China as a dictWe know everything and nothing about China We know that China is changing so fast that the maps in Shanghai need to be redrawn every two weeks We know that China has brought 300 million people from agricultural backwardness into modernity in just thirty years, and that its impact on the global economy is growing at unprecedented speed We have an image of China as a dictatorship a nationalist empire that threatens its neighbors and global peace But how many people know about the debates raging within China What do we really know about the kind of society China wants to become What ideas are motivating its citizens We can name America s neo cons and the religious right, but cannot name Chinese writers, thinkers, or journalists what is the future they dream of for their country, or for the world Because China s rise like the fall of Rome or the British Raj will echo down generations to come, these are the questions we increasingly need to ask Mark Leonard asks us to forget everything we thought we knew about China and start again He introduces us to the thinkers who are shaping China s wide open future and opens up a hidden world of intellectual debate that is driving a new Chinese revolution and changing the face of the world.

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    1. AC on said:

      This is a fairly decent, very brief -- but ultimately far too superficial -- treatment of the political debates current (or current 3 years ago) in contemporary China. I suspect that the GFC already has, and that the immanent coming of Xi-Li will additionally change the equations somewhat.The introduction and conclusion are worthless. Chapter one places Hu and Wen clearly and helpfully in the context of the contemporary debate (2008) between the "New Right" (basically, chinese neoliberals from S [...]

    2. Tony on said:

      "From the late Qing era to the early years of the Republic, the era of warlords, Jiang Jieshi, Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin — Chinese politics has made world-shaking changes, but the label put on it [in the West] made no change at all."And so Mark Leonard sets out, in about 150 very readable pages, to change that, by giving a brief overview of the variety of recent strands of political theory and practice, painting modern China not so much as one big behemoth, but as a wide range [...]

    3. Nathan on said:

      I'm used to superficial business books about China, and to be honest I thought that's what this was. But no, it proved to be more substantial and interesting than that. This is a book about China's internal politics: how different groups of Chinese see China's rise and how it has been managed.Just as you can't make sense of America until you understand Democrats and Republicans, this book gives you the context to make sense of Chinese domestic and foreign policy. Rarely did I find it boring, whi [...]

    4. Santo on said:

      excellent booka great insight into some of the prevailing debates over china's position and role in international relations from the chinese' perspectives (or at least, a western interpretation of chinese perspective)enjoyed the book wholly, and has made certain switches in brain turned on a solid reference for analyses on chinese foreign policy, which can provide a look into china's world view, thus allowing us to find a way to deal with such a view

    5. Ganesh on said:

      The success story of China and political changes taken in china in recent days. The new moderation in Communism. Simply it says: even within hard core communism, democracy and capitalism can have honourable space. And China has proved it.

    6. Rui Igreja on said:

      Most available books about China are written and have opinions by foreigners. In this book, Chinese academics say what they think about the present and future (mainly politics and economy) of China.

    7. severyn on said:

      Before, I knew nothing about China.Now, I know a little less than nothing, but I'm slightly fascinated.A pretty interesting essay on current Chinese economic and political thinking.

    8. Sampath on said:

      Is this how a political scientist writes a memo for policy makers?This one felt like reading a formal report but has tons of information in it. Worth reading.

    9. Guy on said:

      Now this is an interesting book! It's always a good sign when I get to the end and immediately start anew, this time with a pen in hand to mark and comment on critical ideas and passages. Leonard has spent a lot of time over the past few years talking to Chinese intellectuals and listening to what they say about China and the world -- past, present, and, above all, future. He asks them some questions, gives some critical analysis (tempered perhaps by his desire not to burn bridges, but gently ha [...]

    10. Hans on said:

      China is a much more dynamic country that many in the West understand. Despite its outward 'monolithic' appearance of unity and agreement (which they work very hard to portray) internally China has an extremely robust intellectual feud over the heart and soul of China. This book tries to capture some of those major themes and the individuals who represent them. There might only be one Political party but within that party and within the country there are several political polarities trying to pu [...]

    11. Brooks on said:

      This is a well-written and quite interesting book that attempts to summarize several decades of Chinese national philosophy and its effects on the country's politics. As many reviews with lower ratings have noted, it leaves out plenty and is most definitely incomplete. However, it is not intended to be a university textbook. The book is intended to be a summary that gives someone interested in Chinese political thought an introduction, and that author clearly states this in the beginning. I rece [...]

    12. Adrian on said:

      While the literary landscape is awash with political analysis on China, this short and highly readable volume addresses the fundamental aspects of China's political thought, in an approach that is neither judgmental, nor excessively optimistic toward China's progress.Chinese approach toward democracy is essentially a cautionary one, with the political culture viewing it as a potential source of instability. This takes the form of possible unrest in non-Han areas, such as Xinjiang, Tibet, or the [...]

    13. Jon on said:

      Mark Leonard's premise is that the west has not yet recognized that China is developing her own unique approach to achieving super power status. China has tried to keep a low profile throughout the exponential economic growth of the past 30 years, for fear of western opposition and or intervention. Leonard has investigated China's rhetoric and policies in pursuit of multilateralism, soft power, and inter - dependence in relation to the southeast asian community and the world. The ever present ob [...]

    14. Michael on said:

      Een echte "must read" voor als je geïnteresseerd bent in de kijk van China op de wereld. Hoe kan deze meneer Leonard die kijk van China op de wereld nou weten; deze Westerling? Hij is een directeur van een Europese denktank (een instantie waar alle bollebozen uit Europa bij elkaar komen om over de toekomst van Europa en de wereld te praten). Daarnaast publiceert hij artikelen in o.a the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal en Die Wellt. In dit boek schrijft hij over zijn ervaringen met zijn Chines [...]

    15. Dewey Norton on said:

      To answer this question, the author met with leading scholars, policy makers, journalist, entrepreneurs and others to review economic, domectic and internation political issues. Within the context of one party, centrally planned economy, there is a surprising amount of intellectual ferment and, within strict limits, freedom to analyze ideas and propose alternative for the development of China, a lot more than I had thought. The book addresses some ambitious questions: what kind of country are th [...]

    16. E on said:

      Short, savvy tour of Chinese issues and arguments Mark Leonard’s desultory ramble through China’s intellectual landscape introduces that country’s most influential economic, political, diplomatic and military thinkers. In a market nearly saturated with books that do little more than echo each other’s amazed exclamations at China’s rapid economic development, getAbstract considers this a refreshing change. The book does not offer in-depth analysis of the ideas it presents, nor does it a [...]

    17. Pieter on said:

      China's geopolitical challenges and its economic evolution are quite common knowledge. It is interesting though to learn about the ideological debates and political trends within China. Since the country allows one political party, one could easily think that all minds are set the same. None of this true. Within the Communist Party of China one has New Left (focusing on increasing income inequality) and New Right (supporting free market). Regarding foreign policy, China has its own "neocons" and [...]

    18. Wei Ming on said:

      The insight given by this book into the recent mindset of China's elite - the dilemmas of economic and political direction and how best to find their way out - is incredibly eye-opening for the more casually interested, and even those who are qualified in politics would probably find some new food for thought. The fact that Mark Leonard does this in less than 200 pages is a testament to the lean economy of his writing and his years of experience in Asian studies. The one book I'd recommend for a [...]

    19. Henri Tournyol du Clos on said:

      A few quotable titbits and anecdotes in the first half of this otherwise totally meaningless and irrelevant gruel, before it descends into pure farce with "The Chongqing experiment in participation" and stays down there till the end. Leonard is obviously completely ignorant in economics, notably the basics of growth modelling, and has not even bothered to look at the all-important demographics of the country he is writing about - yet that does not prevent him from writing authoritatively about p [...]

    20. Charles on said:

      A fascinating insight into the methodology and philosophy of how the Chinese operate. I've recently been reading about how multi-lingual people have a much broader understanding of the world as each language brings a different perspective to light. So often the Chinese are completely misunderstood, especially by Western powers, that leads to miscommunications and the collapse of relations. Rather than looking to impose our own ideologies upon nations, surely we should first seek to fully grasp t [...]

    21. David on said:

      the truth is really not about how China thinksbut to ask the question mainly how does America wants to play out the rest of the world in the coming future.at petro dollar, fiscal cliff, military imperialism by using and instigating China surroundings to prevent them from "rising"? such as suggesting Philippines or Japan to be permanent UN Security Council.nstant military exercisespoint is to provoke Chinawhat does China think? nothing.ey are not going to take the bait again since 1840, Cultural [...]

    22. Rodrigo on said:

      Insightful. The global economic seismic change, led by the Chinese capitalism model is just the first part of the influence that China is going to have on the world stage. It remains to be seen, and actually might be the central theme of the first half of this century, how politics, order, and culture will depend greatly on China. The impact that we have seen on our economic lives, will be seen on our cultural lives.

    23. Ann on said:

      If even half of what Leonard says is accurate (and based on what I saw in Copenhagen, it is), the "game" is already over. What China has thought on, has come to pass and they have already taken over the world, the quantitative bit is irrelevant.His conclusion chapter though is very odd in that it seems like he hasn't read his own book. It's too superficial and I wonder if it's written to the line the publisher thought Western audiences would want to read.

    24. Pat on said:

      Fascinating book because the author lets many of China's current thinkers talk themselves about the way they think China should be moving - and a liberal democracy does not appear to be the direction. This is a small book, but I really haven't seen anything else that explains both the thinking of the last 20-30 years which resulted in a pretty rapacious capitalism and some of the newer thinking which is looking at repairing some of the damage within an authoritarian framework.

    25. Dave Applegate on said:

      Leonard does an excellent job bringing an American up to speed with the meta political game of China. I would compare it to teaching a Chinese citizen how to interpret the Democrat and Republican struggles in the United States. Not necessarily the exact issues at hand, but more the motives, ideologies, leaders, histories, and directions of each.

    26. Audra on said:

      While this book has many interesting points about the growth of China and it's policies, it says little about philosophy; which is what it claims to expound upon. In essence, it's exactly similar to any other book written to inform about China in 2008, pre-Olympics. Nothing special but a good read nonetheless.

    27. John on said:

      Compact, easy-to-read overview of the current, surprisingly diverse, trends in Chinese thought, both political and economic. Very much introductory and written from a western perspective, but then that is most likely his target audience.

    28. Angela on said:

      I don't know that I really liked this book, but I felt it was worth the time I spent reading it. The author opened my eyes to looking at China, it's economy and role in the world, in a well rounded way.

    29. Gail on said:

      china will probably never be a capitalistic democracy like the USA or even like Europeey will become a power their own way-- slowly, methodically, we need to quickly learn to understand them because they are not going to start thinking like us.

    30. Justin on said:

      Interesting English language book on Sino-American relations and the growth of China in general, reportedly from the Chinese perspective. The book does an excellent job of portraying the different thought streams within the Chinese gestalt, which is generally presumed to be unified and monolithic.

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