Gideon Rachman: Is this the Asian Century?
This event took place on Monday 27th February 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.
In conversation with China expert, Jonathan Fenby, Oxford Professor of Modern China, Rana Mitter, and economist and broadcaster, Linda Yueh, the FT’s Gideon Rachman, author of Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century, outlines the challenge to America’s supremacy by a troubled but rising China and other ambitious Asian powers, which have the potential to transform the whole world. The consequences could be calamitous. These four leading authorities on the Far East and international affairs, analyse the new world order.
Ian Morris has pessimistically observed that 'geopolitical shifts on the scale of China’s takeoff have always been accompanied by massive violence.' Taking in Russia and the Middle East', Jonathan Fenby describes Rachman’s book as 'the best survey of global affairs I have read for some time.'
Rana Mitter is Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China at the University of Oxford and presents Night Waves on Radio 3. His latest book is China's War with Japan, 1937-1945: The Struggle for Survival.
Gideon Rachman is the chief foreign affairs commentator for the Financial Times. Before joining the newspaper in 2006, he was a senior editor and correspondent for The Economist for 15 years. He has worked as a foreign correspondent in Washington, Brussels, and Bangkok and has reported from all over the world, including recently from Russia, China, India, and Afghanistan.
Linda Yueh is Fellow in Economics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, Adjunct Professor of Economics at London Business School, and Visiting Professor of Economics at Peking University. A TV and radio presenter, she has fronted several BBC series. She sits on many advisory boards, is a widely published author, and is editor of the Routledge Economic Growth and Development book series. Her next book will be published by Viking/Random House.
Jonathan Fenby has covered China for 20 years, focusing on policy, the politics of the regime, and their impact on the economy. Former editor of the South China Morning Post, he has written eight books on China, including his newly updated HIstory of Modern Chinaand visits the country several times each year. He is also an authority on France and author of The History of Modern France: From the Revolution to the War with Terror.