The rise of China to the world’s second-largest economy surely is the most dramatic development in the global economy over the past twenty-five years. China’s economic development, a combination of market-led growth under a single-party government, poses serious challenges to conventional theories of capitalism. What did China learn from its history? Why is China’s model uncomparable to western capitalism? What historical events had lead to the development of China’s model? Listen to CRTV’s interview with Debin Ma, associate professor in economic history at London School of Economics and editor of the coming second volume of The Economic History of China.
Former admiral William Fallon of US and professor Zhang Weiwei @Nexus conference 2017
The Nexus conference brought together diplomats, politicians and intellectuals from around the world to talk about the world of power. One of the panellists was Zhang Weiwei, professor international relations and director of the China Institute at the Fudan University in Shanghai.
Professor Zhang is a board member at China’s National Think Tanks Council. In the mid-1980’s, he worked as senior English interpreter for Deng Xiaoping and many other Chinese political leaders. Zhang wrote the award-winning trilogy about the rise of China as a world power: The China Ripple (2008), The China Wave (2012) and The China Horizon (2016).
Why do so many Chinese in the West would like to stay? How will the world develop (westernization/easternization or multipolar/convergence)? How would China improve the world as a world power? Listen to CRTV‘s interview with professor Zhang Weiwei.
Professor Zhang Weiwei (middle), Miki Dai (photos, left) and Hong Tong Wu (text and interview, right)
Yesterday, the Flemish writer Lieve Joris won the VPRO Bob den Uyl Prize 2014. This is the prize for the best travel book. She won the prize with her book Op de vleugels van de draak. For this book, she travelled with African traders to China to give insight into their mutual relationship.
As a Dutch student, Peter Peverelli witnessed the final year of the Cultural Revolution. Peter’s book gives an insight of the experiences of the young Western students. They had to rely heavily on one another to find their way in a culture completely alien to them.