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Stuart Hall – A True Original

Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Volume 15, Issue 2 (2014)


In recognition of his enormous influence on the field of Cultural Studies, the journal Inter-Asia Cultural Studies published a number of tributes to the late Stuart Hall in their latest issue, including an appreciation by Martin Jacques. In addition, Routledge Cultural Studies have made available online a free collection of articles written and inspired by Stuart Hall.

Stuart Hall, who died on 10 February at the age of 82, was an academic for almost the whole of his working life. But in almost every respect he was a highly unconventional one. He did not come from Britain, where he was to spend all his adult life, but from Jamaica, which was still a British colony when Hall arrived in Oxford from Kingston, having been awarded a Rhodes scholarship. In 1997 when he finally retired as professor of sociology at the Open University, Hall, a black academic, remained highly unusual; when he took up his first university post in 1961, needless to say, he was almost unique.

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Ökat Tryck När Kina Växlar Upp

This article was published following Martin Jacques’s keynote speech at the annual Chinese Economic Association conference in Gothenburg, Sweden on 1st September 2014

03/09/14 – Göteborgs-Posten

Kina kommer att bli alltmer attraktiv som partner, säger Martin Jacques, kinaexpert som tror att köpet av Volvo Cars kan stå som modell när Kina fortsätter växa.

Vi har bara sett början. Runt hörnet tar Kina över alltmer av världsekonomin och har blivit den dominerande aktören. Hela den ekonomiska spelplanen kommer att ritas om totalt under de kom- mande 15 åren.
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We should welcome China – it is the future

21/06/14 – The Sunday Telegraph

Alas, we remain far too ignorant about the country, too often resorting to cliché


The visit of the Chinese prime minister, Li Keqiang, to London last week is the latest illustration of a huge shift that is taking place in Sino-British relations. On taking office, the Coalition government talked about the importance of emerging markets such as China but did little. Then David Cameron met the Dalai Lama in 2012 and the Chinese put us in the deep freeze for 18 months. But, to its great credit, once normal relations were resumed, the Government lost no time in seeking to place the relationship on a different footing. In Beijing last December, Cameron spoke of Britain and China becoming “great partners”.

A month ago, China overtook the US to become the largest economy in the world by one measure. By 2030 it is projected that the Chinese economy will be twice as large as America’s and larger than the European Union and America combined, accounting for one third of global GDP. This is the world that is coming into being, that we must learn to adapt to and thrive in. It is a far cry from the comfort zone we are used to, a globe dominated by the West and Japan: in the Seventies, between them they were responsible for two thirds of global GDP; by 2030 it will be a mere one third.

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TED Talk: Understanding the Rise of China

Speaking at a TED Salon in London, Martin Jacques asks: How do we in the West make sense of China and its phenomenal rise? This hugely successful TED talk has over 1.7 million views.

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 150,000 views.

The World’s Largest Economy in 2014

According to the International Comparison Programme of the World Bank, later this year the Chinese economy will become larger than that of the United States measured by purchasing power parity. Already, by the end of 2011 it was 87% of the size of the US economy. The United States has been the world’s largest economy since 1872 when it overtook the UK. The Chinese economy had previously been expected to overtake the US economy in 2019, in other words five years later. Despite the bearish sentiments of many western commentators over the years, the Chinese economy has consistently outperformed the predictions about its rise.

China Overtakes the US as the World's Largest EconomySource: FT, IMF Statistics, World Bank ICP 2011 Estimates

Why Doesn’t the West Understand China?


Martin Jacques in conversation with John Gapper, Financial Times columnist, at the Names Not Numbers Conference on 23rd March at Aldeburgh, UK. Click here to read a an edited transcript of the interview.

Intelligence Squared Debate: One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Democracy is Not Always the Best Form of Government


On Tuesday 11th March, Martin Jacques argued for the motion that Democracy is Not Always the Best Form of Government in a debate televised by BBC World News. Speaking for the motion with him was Rosemary Hollis, Professor of Middle East Policy Studies and Director of the Olive Tree Scholarship Programme at City University; speaking against the motion were the American political scientist Ian Bremmer, and the Ukranian MP Andriy Shevchenko.

“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others that have been tried” — So said Winston Churchill. And who would disagree?

But is the assumption that democracy always leads to a more liberal and tolerant society correct? Many would argue that it can lead to quite illiberal outcomes especially where there is profound ethnic division. Take for example Yugoslavia. Slobodan Milosevic – the democratically elected president – left a legacy of more than 200,000 dead in Bosnia and ethnically cleansed more than 800,000 Albanians from their homes in Kosovo. And what if democracy were installed in Syria? It’s not hard to imagine the outcome for the minority groups who for decades have enjoyed the protection of Assad’s regime.

Is democracy always the best outcome?

Martin Jacques speaks at the commencement of Luxembourg RMB Forum 2014

Martin Jacques and SAR Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg

On 25 February 2014, Martin Jacques gave the pre-dinner speech on China to an invited audience in the presence of HRH Crown Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg. It was organised by Luxembourg for Finance as a prelude to their Renminbi Forum 2014. Martin Jacques is photographed here with the Crown Prince. More photos from the event can be viewed here.

The Rise of China to Become the World’s Greatest Trading Nation

Over the last decade China has become the biggest trading partner of a multitude of countries around the world. All those coloured in red count as their biggest trading partner; for those coloured orange China is the second biggest trading partner. In 1990, China was the biggest trading partner of hardly any countries in the world; and even a decade ago it was still a phenomenon overwhelmingly confined to East Asia.


The Making of the Asian Century

This map graphically illustrates how Asia is the demographic centre of the world. And Danny Quah’s accompanying map below demonstrates how the epicentre of the global economy is relentlessly moving from its location in the western Atlantic in 1980 to its present location north of the Red Sea, and to the Indo-Chinese border by 2050.

Source: Danny Quah

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

Boao Forum session: China’s reform agenda


This is a special 45 minute CCTV television programme broadcast on April 8th of the debate earlier that day at the Boao Forum in Hainan on China’s Reform Agenda. It features Justin Lin, until recently chief economist of the World Bank, Fan Gang, president of China’s National Economic Research Institute, Charlene Barshefsky, former US Trade Representative, and Martin Jacques.

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    Annual Conference of the Chinese Economic Association

    Gothenburg, Sweden

    Keynote Address: ‘Growing China and its impact on the structure of global governance’

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    Talk at Conference on 'China's New Reforms: the role of the Party'

    Beijing, China

    Organised by the China Center for Contemporary World Studies, and China Foundation for Peace and Development