Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The China Wave: Rise of a Civilizational State By Weiwei Zhang

World Century Publishing - 2012

This is a best-seller in China and a geopolitical book for our times. As a leading thinker from China, Zhang Weiwei provides an original, comprehensive and engrossing study on the rise of China and its effective yet controversial model of development, and the book has become a centerpiece of an unfolding debate within China on the nature and future of the world's most populous nation and its possible global impact. China's rise, according to Zhang, is not the rise of an ordinary country, but the rise of a different type of country, a country sui generis, a civilizational state, a new model of development and a new political discourse which indeed questions many of the Western assumptions about democracy, good governance and human rights. The book is as analytical as it is provocative, and should be required reading for everyone concerned with the rise of China and its global implications. 

  • Not Misreading Oneself:
    • A Fast-Changing World
    • The Unusual Ascent
    • Surpassing Japan
    • The GDP Paradox
    • To the Top
  • China's 1+1 > 2:
    • The “Quasi-Developed Countries” within China
    • The Size of China's Middle Class
    • The “Emerging Economies” within China
    • Why China's 1 + 1 > 2?
  • The Rise of a Civilizational State:
    • China's Rocky Path towards a Nation-State
    • The Rise of a Civilizational State
    • A New Perspective
    • Looking at China Afresh
  • The Rise of a Development Model:
    • Reflections after the Crises
    • The China Model May Win Out
    • Shaping the Chinese Standards
  • The Rise of a New Political Discourse:
    • Political Reform, the Chinese Way
    • Debating Human Rights
    • The Rise of a New Political Discourse
  • The End of the End of History:
    • The Western Model: from India to Eastern Europe
    • The Western Model: East Asia and Beyond
    • Debating with Fukuyama: The End of the End of History