A balanced and very readable account of China’s metamorphosis from Maoism into the workshop of the world. China Shakes the World is an excellent book. Buy China Shakes The World: The Rise of a Hungry Nation: The Rise of the Hungry Nation by James Kynge (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. China Shakes The World: The Rise of a Hungry Nation eBook: James Kynge: : Kindle Store.
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Goodreads helps woeld keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. China Shakes the World: And he demonstrates the profound consequences of those weaknesses for American manufacturers, oil companies, banks, and ordinary consumers.
Hardcoverpages. Published September 27th by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt first published To see what chkna friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about China Shakes the Worldplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about China Shakes the World. Lists with This Book. Jul 15, Guy rated it really liked it Shelves: Eye-opening, in part but if you don’t know much about modern China, then probably extremely so.
Kynge is a journalist. A good journalist hte thinks about his subject and tries to go beyond the surface, but he is not an academic or, at least upon the evidence kyynge this book, a deep thinker. As a result I was left with the feeling that I often have after reading articles in the Economist or the Atlantic Monthly o Interesting, definitely.
As a result I was left with the feeling that I often have after reading articles in the Economist or the Atlantic Monthly or Vanity Fair i. It’s not all Kynge’s fault: He speaks Chinese, he has interviewed people from all walks of life, he has gathered many fascinating anecdotes and stories, and he has kyjge to make sense of it all Read the book for what it is a treasury of anecdotes and observations about modern Chinaand not for what it isn’t an authoritative analysis.
I was really hoping for was an authoritative analysis. China is so large, so important, and is at the heart of so many key trends and questions about the future of humanity on this planet that I want, no, need to read that book. This one raised more questions than it gave answers. And perhaps that is unavoidable: But not having that luxury, I’m looking for a book that makes the best effort possible at this time. An example to illustrate the point: It is truly scary. Kynge tries to in the “best” — cough, cough — tradition of modern journalism balance it with a more optimistic interaction with the same woman a month later, but I got the impression that not even he really believed the balance.
No, the stark truth is that, despite millennia of civilization, a rich cultural history, and astounding recent economic progress, from the perspective of the political sophistication of its people China is still in the Dark Ages. China shaeks had an Enlightenment, China has until very recently hardly engaged with the wider world, China was not a primary actor in the two World Wars, and the Chinese have lived under a modern information-controlling dictatorship for the past 50 years.
These things cbina and mean that we cannot expect the Chinese to act as we would, or in all too many cases as we would wish we would. Immensely powerful, with a high opinion of itself, but fundamentally naive. I’m generalizing of course, but stereotypes exist for a reason and there is such a thing as a national “character” that is a reliable guide for how a nation is going to act and react. Like Americans the Chinese are knge patriotic, haven’t travelled much, and don’t know the world.
Like Americans they haven’t suffered much for the sins of their rulers, or at least not in ways as obvious, universally known, acknowledged, and openly discussed as the devastation of Europe in World Wars I and II.
Like Americans they are a nation of farmers, workers, and shopkeepers suddenly become a Great Power. Lastly, and most importantly, like Americans but even more so due to living in a society without a free press they have not developed the almost instinctual cynicism about politics and the state that is typical in Europe: The anecdote mentioned above is chilling for precisely that reason: Let’s hope that China will have sensible leaders in the decades to come.
View all 5 comments. Feb 04, Eveline Chao rated it really liked it. Really, really, really great, lively book with lots of engaging anecdotes and real-life examples to make all his points fun to read. It pulled a lot of sort of fragmented knowledge I had about business and economic issues in China into a more comprehensive picture. I sh Really, really, really great, lively book with lots of engaging anecdotes and real-life examples to make all his points fun to read.
I shall hereby transcribe it here since otherwise I don’t really have much to say by way of a review. After I read this passage it all seemed really obvious, but having it spelled out for me like this was totally essential: Gaige tai kuai, jiu luan. Gaige tai man, jiu si, or, “When reform is too fast there is chaos.
When reform is too slow there is stagnation.
But if the pace of liberalization was too fast, the rapid growth that resulted kyngge spill over into disorder. On the face of it, this was straightforward enough, but there was an added, paradoxical twist: Yet in order to get more of one, it had to sacrifice part of the other.
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Without fast growth, Beijing has no chance of meeting its job creation targets, and too few jobs could mean social instability. But surrendering administrative control to the invisible hand of the market saps the essential power that sustains a sing-party state. So the Party is a reluctant reformer, and in areas where control is critical to maintaining its rule, the Party has tended to kymge liberalization that go beyond the superficial. The reluctance also means that when things are going well and the economy is riding high, reform generally decelerates, only to pick up again when the tide of growth ebbs.
The waves of activity created by this interplay of government fear and covetousness define the economy’s momentum. Jun 08, Todd Stockslager rated it really liked it Shelves: Kynge recounts the rise of China as an economic and resource-sucking giant jamee the world scene in the last 20 years.
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The good news is that the shift of manufacturing to China, with its extremely and artificially, Kynge points out low production costs, has resulted in a flood of cheaper goods in the US and Europe, and that China has been buying bil Kynge recounts the rise of China as an economic and resource-sucking giant on the world scene in the last 20 years. The good news is that the shift of manufacturing to China, with its extremely and artificially, Kynge points out low production costs, has resulted in a flood of cheaper goods in the US and Europe, and that China has been buying billions of US treasury notes which of kept mortgage rates low.
The bad news is these trends may not be sustainable, that any manufacturing still outside of China may be completely sucked into the Eastern giant, and that world resource demand oil, steel, water, environment as a resource by the Chinese giant may suck the world dry and create massive price and allocation problems.
Whether the reader is optimistic or pessimistic, in either case it is a troubled future, as the subtitle says, that awaits. I am not normally interested in reading business books but decided to buy this as it looked fairly short, easy to read, and I needed to understand more about what all the “China-phobia” was all about at that stage of my life.
I was not disappointed: I confess that I read only about two thirds of the book, but it was enough to understand the Western paranoia that is so rife about China. May 13, Anil Swarup rated it really liked it. What a realistically amazing analyses of what is right and what is not so right in China and the lessons it holds for the future. A must-read for those that are interested in China and its quest to become a super power.
Feb 23, Richard Burger rated it it was amazing. When I first came back to China in JanuaryI was talking with my office director about books on China, and he told me, “The best book on modern China has to be China Shakes the World.
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Get a copy as soon as you can. Essential reading has a whole new definition. My manager was right. This book is unsurpassed in terms of exploring and analyzing just how When I first came back to Te in JanuaryI was talking with my office director about books on China, and he told me, “The best book on modern Tbe has to be China Shakes teh World.
This book is unsurpassed in terms of exploring and analyzing just how enormous an effect China is having on the entire world. And anyone who doesn’t acknowledge that China is shaking the world is either in a state of willful denial or is living in a cave. The book gets its title from an unconfirmed and in all likelihood mythological quote attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte: What makes this book special is its approach to the subject, focusing on the effect of China’s rise on other countries and other peoples.
It’s not just another roundup of stories about the “China miracle” and how much Western CEOs are loving doing business in China. The book begins at what was once the site of Germany’s largest steel mill, now only “a scar. It was not China that caused the mill to go bust; that process started before China’s meteoric rise, due jmes fierce competition mainly from South Korea. Kynge’s description of how the Chinese took the mill apart, dangling from walkways 60 teh above the ground without safety harnesses and completing the job months earlier than planned, is spellbinding.
It’s funny, and it’s heartbreaking. The mill is a metaphor for many of the traditional businesses that for decades, even centuries, the Europeans thought of as “their own,” only to discover that worls from Asia threatened their very existence.
China Shakes the World : A Titan’s Rise and Troubled Future–And the Challenge for America
The China “economic miracle” has been in the headlines since the s. The first sign that China was about to shake the world, however, occurred inwhen manhole covers began to disappear from streets all over the world. Tbe was a wake-up call: China’s thirst for raw materials was about to affect all wworld the world’s markets.
It was with the disappearing manhole covers, Kynge says, that China “telegraphed its arrival” to the world. A new era in international relations dawned, one defined by the geopolitics of scarcity. There’s so much, it’s hard to condense it into a single blog post.
So allow me simply to give some impressions of various points Kynge makes, in no particular order. What Kynge manages to do better than any author Shaoes read to date is to capture in words just how strange a trading partner China is, and how it resembles no other great power.