Martin Jacques shared his insights on what the UK can learn from China and other Asia countries in his recent speech at the Trades Union Congress (TUC).
China is set to become the world’s largest economy by 2016. South Korea spends five times as much on research and development as most European countries. Since 2007, while Europe has languished in recession, Singapore enjoyed growth of more than 5% a year. Is it possible for a country like the UK to compete with the rising economies of East Asia or should they just admit that their days as a major industrial nation are over?
Martin Jacques is the author of the global best-seller “When China Rules the World: the End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order”. It was first published in 2009 and has since been translated into eleven languages. The book has been shortlisted for two major literary awards. He has been a columnist for many newspapers, made many television programmes and is a former deputy editor of The Independent newspaper. His talk on www.ted.com on how to understand China has had more than one million views.
Martin is a Senior Visiting Fellow at IDEAS, a centre for diplomacy and grand strategy at the London School of Economicsand a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He has previously been a Visiting Professor at Renmin University, the International Centre for Chinese Studies, Aichi University, Nagoya, and Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto. He was a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. He is a Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy, Washington DC. He was formerly the editor of the renowned London-based monthly Marxism Today until its closure in 1991 and was co-founder of the think-tank Demos. He has been a columnist for many newspapers, made many television programmes and is a former deputy editor of The Independent newspaper. He took his doctorate while at King’s College, Cambridge.