Martin Jacques, author of the best-selling “When China Rules the World,” saidChina’s rise in becoming a global power may not tread the old and disputed paths of theUnited States and Britain.
In an interview during the 5th World Forum on China Studies that closed on Sunday, Jacquessaid as the world inquires about China’s path toward global power, he believes its style willdiffer from that of Britain and the United States.
“Historically, the expansion and influence of Britain and America were largely military andpolitical; in the case of China, it would be economic and cultural,” said Jacques, who is also acolumnist and visiting fellow at London School of Economics and Political Science.
Jacques hopes China will not adopt the same global mentality of bygone and currentsuperpowers, which features strong superiority and racism in the case of Britain at its imperialand industrial apex, and the sense of entitlement for Americans in its participation in globalinstitutions.
China, however, must be alert of its historical superiority. “The Chinese have a strong sense ofwhere they come from, and many Chinese believe their civilization, in its long history, is thegreatest civilization,” he said.
“A global mentality means to have relations of mutuality, respect, empathy, affinity andsensitivity, and to believe you have as much to learn as to give,” he said.
Jacques also urged Chinese people to update their world vision, which often confusesengagement with the world with engagement with the West, especially as the country becomesmore involved with the developing world.
“It’s different people and different races from all over the world, as ‘black’ as much as ‘white.’ Ithink Chinese people are sometimes not very good at this, but it’s very important,” he said.