But how many people know about the debates raging within China? What do we really know about the kind of society China wants to become? What ideas are motivating its citizens? We can name America's neo-cons and the religious right, but cannot name Chinese writers, thinkers, or journalists—what is the future they dream of for their country, or for the world? Because China's rise— like the fall of Rome or the British Raj—will echo down generations to come, these are the questions we increasingly need to ask. Mark Leonard asks us to forget everything we thought we knew about China and start again. He introduces us to the thinkers who are shaping China's wide open future and opens up a hidden world of intellectual debate that is driving a new Chinese revolution and changing the face of the world.
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As Leonard also notes, China harbors think tanks whose range and populace vastly dwarf anything in the West—a single Beijing institute, he writes, has more than 4,000 full-time researchers.Mar 01 2008 | Read Full Review of What Does China Think?
What Does China Think?, by Mark Leonard (164pp, Fourth Estate, £8.99) The Battle for China's Past: Mao & the Cultural Revolution, by Mobo Gao (270 pp, Pluto, £18.99) Forty years ago, it was easy enough to find out what China was thinking.Apr 19 2008 | Read Full Review of What Does China Think?
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