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Understanding Contemporary China

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First broadcast:
Thursday 08 November 2012

In his final talk, he asks how the undemocratic Chinese state can enjoy legitimacy and authority in the eyes of its population. He argues that the Chinese state is held in such high esteem because it is seen as the embodiment, protector and guardian of Chinese civilization. The state is seen as an intimate, a member of the family indeed - in fact, the head of the family. It is a remarkable institution which will come to exercise interest and fascination outside China.

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

(Image: A display showing four generations of Chinese leaders. Credit: AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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