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Martin Jacques – A Point Of View: How China sees a multicultural world [BBC]

Professor Jacques repeats his call for Western strategist and politicians for a change in prism in understanding the Chinese mind with another timely US/China grand narrative comparison on the BBC. Ultimately  I think he asks, where and how do we want to see the Chinese pendulum swing under pressure?

Just as with the US, China will naturally tend to see the world in its own image. An unusual feature of China, in this respect, is that its history is so atypical: a huge population who overwhelmingly consider themselves to share the same identity. This helps to explain why the Chinese have tended to think of Africa as one, just like China, rather than a complex mosaic of different ethnicities and cultures. Martin Jacques, 2012

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A Point Of View: How China sees a multicultural world
by Martin Jacques
Source – BBC, published October 26, 2012

Photo source – Getty Images, n.d.

The vast majority of the Chinese population regard themselves as belonging to the same race, a stark contrast to the multiracial composition of other populous countries. What effect does this have on how China views the world, ask Martin Jacques.

I was on a taxi journey in Shanghai with a very intelligent young Chinese student, who was helping me with interviews and interpreting. She was shortly to study for her doctorate at a top American university. She casually mentioned that some Chinese students who went to the US ended up marrying Americans.

I told her that I had recently seen such a mixed couple in Hong Kong, a Chinese woman with a black American. This was clearly not what she had in mind. Her reaction was a look of revulsion. I was shocked. Why did she react that way to someone black, but not someone white? This was over a decade ago, but I doubt much has changed. What does her response tell us – if anything – about Chinese attitudes towards ethnicity? Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Africa, Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Collectivism, Culture, Democracy, Domestic Growth, Economics, Education, Environment, Ethnicity, Go West Strategy, Government & Policy, Han, Influence, International Relations, Mapping Feelings, Nationalism, Peaceful Development, People, Politics, Population, Public Diplomacy, Social, Soft Power, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, U.S., , , , , , , , , , ,

Chongqing beckons: [Singapore] PM [Straits Times]

The vastly developed Eastern seaboard of China leaves less room for explosive growth as it has been saturated by FDI and Transnational companies. This might be a smart move heading West – helping China develop its peripheries to carve out a ‘new’ niche and value to the Chinese. Chongqing’s the capital of Sichuan province and is known as a land of abundance.

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Chongqing beckons: [Singapore] PM
He says S’pore will urge its companies to invest in China’s vast inlands
By Peh Shing Huei, China Bureau Chief
Source – Straits Times, published September 8, 2010

CHONGQING – SINGAPORE will encourage its companies to seek opportunities in the vast inlands of China, including Chongqing, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said here yesterday.

He described the metropolis of 32 million people as a key node of China’s central and western regions, and said he hoped more Singapore enterprises would head here.

Two Singapore brand names, Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) and the Great Eastern insurance group, have already done so, he noted in his talks with Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai and Mayor Huang Qifan. ‘I hope more will come… and the Chongqing government will also give them full support and assistance so that they will be able to enhance our links,’ he said. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Chinese Model, Domestic Growth, Economics, Go West Strategy, Greater China, International Relations, Politics, Singapore, Soft Power, Trade

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