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The Eagle and The Dragon:

The Twentyfirst Century Superpower: US vs China

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Robert Bickers, Isabel Hilton, Rana Mitter, Gideon Rachman. Hilary Lawson hosts.

China is the new god of global economics. Certainly, the days of effortless American dominance are over. With a population almost one and a half times that of Europe and the US combined will we live in a China-shaped shadow? And what of the economic system the West has fostered and the democracy it holds dear?

The Panel

Oxford historian and broadcaster Rana Mitter, FT columnist Gideon Rachman, China commentator Isabel Hilton, and historian Robert Bickers weigh the consequences of the rise of a 21st century superpower.

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  • Gideon Rachman
    The Pitch
    FT columnist gives stirring predictions for China’s economy
  • Rana Mitter
    The Pitch
    Using the broader society, Nightwaves broadcaster disputes growth forecast
  • Robert Bickers
    The Pitch
    China historian reveals the complex shadows of Chinese Communism
  • Isabel Hilton
    The Pitch
    Without democracy, China commentator warns, they won’t be strong enough
  • The Debate
    Theme One
    China: the world's largest economy?
  • The Debate
    Theme Two
    China's new politics
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Paul Berry on 09/11/2013 4:52pm

Isabel Hilton makes the defining comment: "the communist party has raised 300,000,000 Chinese out of poverty and 300,000,000 Chinese have raised the Communist Party out of poverty". An organized meritocracy that recognizes the role of "the state" is the only way forward. The post-Reagan US Right attempts to deny the value of the State and worship "Markets" can't make the green revolution happen, straight-forward, openly debated, State direction is an absolute necessity. Europe (Germany) vs China is the comparative model worthy of discussion.

AussieLouis on 01/04/2013 7:58am

The ignorance and prejudice of the Indian gentleman and British lady is incredible to behold considering their eminence.

Indians are better at talking than doing as doing as evidenced by India's development since 1947!

Iamthedragon on 25/03/2013 5:21pm

It's not new to hear about China's economic development, however, I don't think it has yet sunk in to the Western psyche, especially with regards to the USA and possibly other economic superpowers. Rana Mitter talking about China's 'messy society' is very interesting and I do wonder how this will all pan out if as Gideon Rachman says China will still emerge as a superpower.

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