When China Rules the World

As part of a public lecture series questioning Australia's Role in the World, Asialink is proud to present best-selling author and leading China expert Martin Jacques, for the launch of an updated version of his critically-acclaimed book When China Rules the World: the End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order.

Jacques says: "The rise of China is reshaping the world. The Western financial crisis has accelerated this process. We are already witnessing the beginnings of a Chinese economic order. The consequences, however, will be as much political, cultural, intellectual, moral and military as economic. The international order will, over time, be profoundly restructured. But what will China be like as a global power? The abiding problem in the West has been the desire to understand China through a Western prism. It does not work. Unless we understand China in its own terms we will be unable to make sense of it. And unless we understand China, we will be unable to grasp the nature of the new global order."

This event will be moderated by ABC News reporter and presenter Auskar Surbakti.

When China Rules the World has been translated into eleven languages and has sold over a quarter of a million copies. The latest edition is expanded and fully updated for 2012 with nearly 300 pages of new material. It is a controversial assault on conventional thinking about China’s ascendancy in which Jacques argues that the impact of China’s rise will be as much political and cultural as economic, transforming the world as we know it.