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Understanding Contemporary China

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10 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 05 November 2012

Martin Jacques presents a personal view on how best to understand the unique characteristics and apparent mysteries of contemporary China, its development and its possible future. In a new series of talks he sets out the building blocks for making sense of China today.

In this introductory talk, he argues that we cannot make sense of China by looking at it through a Western prism. China is not like a Western nation-state and never will be. Western nations are countries constituted on the basis of nation, China is a country constituted on the basis of a civilization. The consequences are profound and far-reaching.

Martin Jacques is the author of When China Rules the World.

(Illustration showing western brand names and Chinese cultural images. Credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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