China's Path to Prominence and the Future of Asian Affairs Analytical Essay

China's Path to Prominence and the Future of Asian Affairs
A review of "The Three Faces of Chinese Power: Might, Money, and Minds" by David Lampton.
# 154170 | 1,243 words | 0 sources | 2009 | US
Published on Apr 21, 2015 in History (Asian) , Political Science (Communism) , Economics (Globalization)

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As the modern economic landscape of the world changes and moves into the future, it is impossible to ignore the rapidly growing importance of The People's Republic of China. As China becomes more and more prominent, wealthy, and powerful it is more important for people on an international level to understand the nature of China's power and how China was able to grow in such a successful way. The Three Faces of Chinese Power: Might, Money, and Minds by David Lampton discusses the different aspects of China's power and addresses not only the historical background to China's views on economic policy but also how other nations such as the United States should approach the newly powerful nation in today's modern economic and political spheres.

From the Paper:

"There is a huge difference between the China under Mao Zedong and true Modern China. For example, under Mao's pseudo-marxist ideals, all property should belong to everyone. Personal property was public, and Mao believed that the government should own everything in order to best benefit the proletariat. However now, people can own property, and private ownership is not completely banned as it was before. Post-socialist China allows people considerably more in terms of freedom than the China of Mao Zedong. Therefore, one of the most important aspects of this book (and arguably China as a whole) is the paradoxical nature of China's power. As China has made the move to modernize and join the global economy, it is almost impossible to ignore the great disparity of wealth between the rich and poor in China. The outward appearance of modern China is moving toward one of extreme wealth and power - and rightly so; however as China becomes more and more prominent on the global stage it is important not to forget that the standard of living in China is still much lower than many other modern countries. While the wealthy businessmen of China are billionaires and beyond, there are still rural farmers who make only a few thousand dollars a year. Also, while the select few businessmen in China enjoy unprecedented wealth, China's history with human rights is still spotty at best. So as U.S.-China relations become more and more important, it is paramount to remember that life in China is not the fast-paced urban lifestyle that people may see in cities like Shanghai and Beijing. Because of this clear problem, Chinese officials are very concerned with issues like social stability, and their planned policies reflect that concern."

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