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Martin Jacques on China: 8 part series

Part 4: How will the CPC continue to innovate?


‘Reform is not a moment. It’s a continuous mode of existence of the Communist Party’

In Part 4 of Martin Jacques on China, Martin Jacques discusses Xi Jinping’s speech at the 19th CPC National Congress in 2017, and considers the ways in which the party has innovated and reformed throughout its existence in order to remain attuned to the needs of the country.

Part 1: How does China’s global outlook differ from the West’s?

Part 2: Can China transform its economy?

Part 3: How has China maintained its fast-paced reform agenda?

The Heat: China’s Two Sessions

21/03/18, The Heat


In his closing speech, President Xi Jinping pledged to serve the people of China. Xi addressed delegates at the National People’s Congress, as China’s most important political season comes to a close.

Discuss his address on The Heat were Victor Gao, an international affairs commentator and analyst; Song Zhang, the Washington bureau chief for Shanghai Wen Hui Daily; Fred Teng, the president of the America China Public Affairs Institute; and Martin Jacques, the author of “When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order”.

‘The man of the moment in China’  


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Prescient author now rules the roost

17/11/17, China Daily, all editions worldwide

Martin Jacques, the journalist and academic, is now seen by many as the man of the moment in China.

Click here to access PDF of the full article, published in China Daily on 17th November 2017. The article was written by Andrew Moody.

China’s growing presence in the Middle East

The following article by Martin Jacques appeared in Gulf News, 27th February 2018.

27/02/18, Gulf News

The Belt and Road Initiative marks a new stage in China’s rise. Launched in 2013, it built on China’s going out strategy which took shape around the turn of the century. If the lines of continuity are clear, the differences are even starker. The going out strategy saw China developing closer relations with Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America, to name the most prominent. In contrast, the BRI is an overarching project designed to transform the Eurasian land mass, presently home to around two-thirds of the world’s population.

We have never seen the like of it before, a project on the grandest of scales and in that sense consonant with China’s own traditions.

Read the full article here.

Let’s celebrate reform’s 40th anniversary

The following article by Martin Jacques appeared in China Daily, 20th January 2018.

20/01/18, China Daily 

As momentous historic events go, China’s reform period was relatively unheralded. Little did anyone realize at the time – probably no one, in fact – that 1978 would enter the history books as one of the most important years in modern history.

We should not be surprised. At the time, the Chinese economy was a mere one-twentieth of the size of the US economy, with a per capita GDP roughly on a par with that of Zambia, lower than half of the Asian average and lower than two-thirds of the African average. China’s impact on the world was very limited, even in East Asia.


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The Heat: China looks ahead to 2018

14/01/18, The Heat

In a New Year’s address, Chinese President Xi Jinping lauded the country’s accomplishments in 2017 and gave a road map for China’s priorities in 2018.

2017 has been a big year for China – from President Xi’s travels to Davos to hosting the first Belt and Road Initiative Forum to the 19th CPC Meeting. So what’s the outlook for the country this year?

To discuss President Xi’s speech and the future of China in 2018: Victor Gao, a Chinese international relations expert Dan Wang, a China analyst with The Economist Intelligence Unit; Martin Jacques, author of “When China Rules the World” and a senior fellow in politics and international studies at Cambridge University; Jacques deLisle, a professor and director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Review of 2017

22/12/17, People’s Daily

The following is the English version of an article by Martin Jacques that appeared in the People’s Daily, 22nd December 2017.

At the end of 2017 uncertainty dominates the outlook for the future. As we can now see with great clarity, the Western financial crisis of 2007-8 proved the most important turning point in the West since 1945. For a decade, the Western economies have been mired in varying degrees of stagnation, not least with regard to living standards. And it was the Great Recession that begat the Great Populist Uprising in 2016. The latter signalled the end of the hegemony of neo-liberalism in the West, which began in 1980 with the arrival of Reagan and Thatcher and was characterised by hyper-globalisation, privatisation and a huge growth in inequality. The Uprising was driven by large swathes of the population in both the United States and Britain whose living standards had more or less stagnated for four decades. It was a popular revolt against the governing elites by those who felt left behind and who held these elites responsible for their deteriorating situation. Politically the new mood was articulated most clearly, though not solely, by the right, notably Trump in America and the Brexiteers in the UK. 

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One to One Interview with Martin Jacques

19/10/17, The Heat

On October 19th, Martin Jacques did this one-to-one interview on China in Washington DC with Anand Naidoo, the host of The Heat, CGTN America’s flagship current affairs programme.

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Moving China Forward

17/10/17, The Heat

A panel discussion on the eve of the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party broadcast by CGTN America. The participants are: Zhou Jingxin, Minister-Counselor and Chief of the Political Section at the Chinese Embassy in the United States; Keyu Jin, a professor at the London School of Economics; Martin Jacques, author of “When China Rules the World”; and Wang Guan, chief political correspondent for CCTV America.

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UN: Trump v Wang Yi

21/09/17, The Heat

Appearing on CGTN’s current affairs programme The Heat, Martin Jacques discusses the speech by Wang Yi, China’s Foreign Minister, to the United Nations General Assembly, following President Trump earlier address, with: Qinduo Xu, a political analyst for China Radio International; Afshin Molavi, a senior fellow with the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Sourabh Gupta an Asia-Pacific international relations analyst and a Resident Senior Fellow with the Institute for China-America Studies.

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Why Jeremy Corbyn is a new leader for the New Times

15/06/17, New Statesman

This article by Martin Jacques appeared in the New Statesman shortly after the results of the UK 2017 General Election. It has already received strong praise from many commentators: “I would literally read a bus ticket written by Martin Jacques – one of the wisest people I’ve ever met” (Matthew d’Ancona); “Just like old times indeed… bang on it” (Jeremy Gilbert). 

There have been two great political turning points in postwar Britain. The first was in 1945 with the election of the Attlee government. Driven by a popular wave of determination that peacetime Britain would look very different from the mass unemployment of the 1930s, and built on the foundations of the solidaristic spirit of the war, the Labour government ushered in full employment, the welfare state (including the NHS) and nationalisation of the basic industries, notably coal and the railways. It was a reforming government the like of which Britain had not previously experienced in the first half of the 20th century. The popular support enjoyed by the reforms was such that the ensuing social-democratic consensus was to last until the end of the 1970s, with Tory as well as Labour governments broadly operating within its framework.

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The Heat: Hong Kong celebrates 20th anniversary of reunification with China

01/07/17, CGTN


To discuss the future of the “one country, two systems” model in Hong Kong is Zou Yue, anchor of CGTN’s China24, Martin Jacques, author of the bestselling book “When China Rules the World: the End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order” and James Keith, former U.S. Consul General to Hong Kong and currently runs the Asia practice at McLarty Associates.


One Belt, One Road Summit

12/05/17, People’s Daily

Martin Jacques’ article written for the One Belt, One Road Summit in Beijing held in May 2017, which he attended. It appeared in People’s Daily on the 12th May 2017. This article, and an English version, both appear below. 

The trend towards globalisation that dominated the world from around 1980 – driven by the neo-liberalism of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher and Deng Xiaoping’s economic reforms – began to lose momentum with the Western financial crisis in 2007-8 and came to something of a shuddering halt in the West with Brexit in the UK and the election of Donald Trump as US President in 2016.

But the hubris of the anti-globalisation movement has been noticeably weakened during the early months of this year. Although Brexit is very likely to happen, doubts about it in the UK are beginning to grow, not least the fearsome challenge that it poses. The UK is turning inwards and is likely to be profoundly self-absorbed, to its great detriment, over the next decade by the Brexit challenge.

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自上世纪 80 年代起,经济全球 化一直是主导世界的大趋势,然而自 2007 年 国 际 金 融 危 机 发 生 以 来 ,经 济全球化开始失去发展势头,并在近 几年受到各种各样的挑战。

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Chinese Investment in BRI Countries

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Frozen Europe and Fast-Changing China: Martin Jacques on the Sino-European Dilemma

09/02/17, What’s on Weibo

Martin Jacques speaks about current Sino-European relations as a keynote speaker at the opening conference of the Leiden Asia Centre. According to Jacques, the way Western media and politics are approaching China is deeply flawed – and it is causing Europe to miss the boat while China is marching forwards.

Read the full article here.

Interview with BBC Radio 4 on Xi Jinping’s Davos speech

Martin Jacques was interviewed on the Today programme (17/01/17) by John Humphrys about Xi Jingping’s address to the World Economic Forum at Davos.

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A Daily Express article regarding Martin Jacques’ Radio 4 appearance can be found here.


Interview with BFM: ‘China – Giant Strides? Possible Missteps?’

Martin Jacques was interviewed on a very popular morning radio show whilst visiting Malaysia. The interview coincided with Prime Minister Razak’s visit to Beijing and discussed relations between the two countries, as well as the Philippine’s President Duterte’s shift in attitude towards China.
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Read more about Martin Jacques visit to Kuala Lumpur and his lecture at the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR) here.


The Death of Neoliberalism and the Crisis in Western Politics

21/8/2016, The Observer

Following its publication in The Observer, this article has stimulated a great deal of interest and debate in the UK and the US. It has received over 500,000 unique visitor views and trended on Twitter.


In the late 1970s Martin Jacques was one of the first to herald the emerging dominance of neoliberalism in the west. Here he argues that this doctrine is now faltering. But what happens next?

The western financial crisis of 2007-8 was the worst since 1931, yet its immediate repercussions were surprisingly modest. The crisis challenged the foundation stones of the long-dominant neoliberal ideology but it seemed to emerge largely unscathed. The banks were bailed out; hardly any bankers on either side of the Atlantic were prosecuted for their crimes; and the price of their behaviour was duly paid by the taxpayer. Subsequent economic policy, especially in the Anglo-Saxon world, has relied overwhelmingly on monetary policy, especially quantitative easing. It has failed. The western economy has stagnated and is now approaching its lost decade, with no end in sight.

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Extracts from this article have subsequently been translated and published in Reference News, the largest circulating newspaper in China. To view the Chinese version, click here.

To see Roger Cohen’s comments on the article in his column for the International New York Times, click here.


Hangzhou G20 Summit

Martin Jacques’ latest article considers the historic significance of the forthcoming summit. An English version has been published in the Global Times and a Chinese version in the People’s Daily. Both are available below. 

The forthcoming G20 summit comes at an appropriate moment in the evolution of China’s own relationship with the global economy and its governance.

China’s formal entry into the global economy was marked by its admission to the WTO in 2001. For more than a decade after that, with economic growth averaging around 10%, trade expanding to the point where China became the world’s biggest trading nation, and overseas investment growing very rapidly albeit from a very low base, China chose to take a back seat while learning the ropes of its newly acquired status. During this period, China preferred to play a relatively passive role. As a result, it was frequently criticised by the United States for being a free rider: enjoying the benefits of globalisation without contributing to the global public goods that were needed.

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CCTV Profile

This short profile was broadcast on CCTV News and other CCTV channels in May 2016.

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Martin Jacques and Shashi Tharoor discuss China and India

21/4/16 – Credit Suisse Global Megatrends Conference

Watch Martin Jacques in conversation with Shashi Tharoor, exploring what will define the progress of China and India over the coming years. As part of the Credit Suisse Global Megatrends Conference in Singapore. Moderated by Martin Soong (CNBC Asia).

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For a report on the discussion please see this article by Jo-ann Huang in The Straits Times. 


Launch of new Chinese edition of When China Rules the World

The release of a brand new expanded and updated Chinese edition of When China Rules the World has attracted a great deal of media attention in China. Below is a video interview with CCTV, followed by a series of links to other reports and interviews.

Click here to view the full length CCTV interview.

A full summary of all media coverage received (all in Chinese) can be found here.

Interviews in Chinese with The Global TimesWenhui Daily, and Chinese Social Sciences Today, and in English with the Beijing Review, are also available on this site via the links provided.

Harinder Veriah Trust

Martin Jacques is chairman of the Harinder Veriah Trust, a charity providing vital support to underprivileged girls in Malaysia, helping them to get the best from their schooling and achieve an education that will transform their lives.

To learn more about the trust watch the video below and visit their website.


TED Talk: Understanding the Rise of China

This hugely successful TED talk in London has now had over 2 million views. Martin Jacques asks: How do we in the West make sense of China and its phenomenal rise?



YouTube video of a great event now available!

27/10/14 — Furama RiverFront Hotel, Singapore

Business China, in conjunction with Singapore Press Holdings, organised a wonderful event on 27th November in Singapore in their Eminent Speakers Series. Over a thousand people packed into the Grand Ballroom of Singapore’s Furama RiverFront Hotel to hear Martin Jacques talk on Why China Will Be a Very Different Kind of Great Power — and now for the first time, a complete video of the event is available to view.

The talk was followed by a question and answer session during which the moderator, Professor Tan Khee Giap, asked the audience whether or not they broadly agreed with Jacques’s argument. Did they vote for or against? See the short video below.
Click here for the extensive media coverage of the event (in Chinese)


University of Melbourne – When China Rules the World

On 18th September 2012, Martin Jacques gave a talk at the University of Melbourne as part of a public lecture series organised by Asialink, questioning ‘Australia’s Role in the World’. This highly popular YouTube video of his lecture has over 200,000 views.


BBC Radio 4: Point of View Talks

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

A Point Of View: Is China more democratic than the West?

19/10/12 – BBC News Magazine and Radio 4

A Point Of View: China and Multiculturalism

26/10/12 – BBC News Magazine and Radio 4

A Point Of View: What kind of superpower could China be?

19/10/12 – BBC News Magazine and Radio 4

A Point Of View: Making sense of China

12/10/12 – BBC News Magazine and Radio 4

Recent Media

A return to the glory of Asia before it was colonized

21/05/17, The Philippine Star

An opinion piece by Carmen N. Pedrosa in The Philippine Star. Read it on their website here.

There have always been critics of The Asian Century. As expected these critics are from the Western world that once colonized almost the entire Asian continent. Asians, they think were properly subjugated. Not so fast, boy. We do not know why things happen as they do – in circles. A good example is the Chinese Belt and Road initiative. For myself, I think it will be a comeback for Asians who are great traders and innovators, given the chance.

But some Western critics are satisfied with the reasoning that because the West does not want to happen, it will not happen. That is a blatant presumption of their colonial thinking.


Frozen Europe and Fast-Changing China: Martin Jacques on the Sino-European Dilemma

09/02/17, What's on Weibo

Martin Jacques speaks about current Sino-European relations as a keynote speaker at the opening conference of the Leiden Asia Centre. According to Jacques, the way Western media and politics are approaching China is deeply flawed – and it is causing Europe to miss the boat while China is marching forwards.


Upcoming Events

  • 30th November – 3rd December 2017

    Conference: The Chinese Communist Party in High-Level Dialogue with Political Parties around the World: Keynote Speech: Xi Jinping

    Beijing, China

  • 17th January 2018

    Panel Discussion: ‘The New Times’, organised by the New Statesman.

    Speakers: Martin Jacques, Jason Cowley, Evan Davis, Ros Wynne-Jones

    7-9 pm

    B5 Lecture Theatre, King’s College London, Waterloo Campus, SE1 9NH


  • 3rd February 2018

    Conference: ‘China’s Perspectives Redefined’. China Development Forum 2018

    Closing Speech: Martin Jacques

    Co-organised by: The LSE SU China Development Society; LSE Institute of Global Affairs; 48 Group Club; Confucius Institute.

    LSE, London

  • 2nd-3rd March 2018

    Conference: Abu Dhabi Ideas Weekend 2018 in conjunction with the Aspen Institute

    Talk: ‘China’s Belt and Road initiative will change the world as we know it’

    NYU Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates