I ran across a great TED Talk from former US Diplomat and Harvard Kennedy School of Government dean, Joseph Nye.
Some topics he discussed in his talk were:
Power Transition Vs. Power Diffusion
Not rise of asia, but the Return of Asia. Power shift to Asia.
China passing US economy in 2027(projected by Goldman Sachs) isn’t a percapita measurement hence, one dimentional overlooking the complex issues.
Asia is not one thing. View of rise of China is different depending on where you are in Asia.
“We(US) don’t have to fear the rise of China, as long as we we have policies to manage this change”
Power is multipolar – US, EU, China, and Japan can balance each other
Soft power is becoming more and more important.
How do we work together create global public goods on positive sum but not zero sum?
I think Dr. Nye did a great job analyzing power from many different perspectives in the 15minutes that he presented. It’s correct, China may surpass the US in terms of GDP by 2027 as China has already passed Japan this year but you have to look at economic power from the per capita perspective. According to World Bank data, it still takes on average 13 Chinese citizens to produce as much as one Japanese citizens GDP.
But I really liked how he said mutual cooperation and understanding each countries national interest as well as creating a positive gain, will be a key to creating smart power. A very optimistic but an inspiring 15minutes.
For those of you who are wondering, my office is located in the Central Business District in Beijing. My building is called “SOHO Shanghdu”(Its the funky looking building to the right on the picture above). Seems like Mr. Soho has been busy creating his Soho Land in Beijing. Throughout Beijing you can see so many of his buildings Chaowai Soho, Soho Sanlitun, Soho Guanghua… Etc. But the interesting thing is that most of these buildings are empty. I have no idea how the building sustains it self.
But the office itself is conveniently located as my transit is about 20mins from my apartment and I can find everything I need in this neighborhood. My colleagues and I managed to find a nice little 杭州小吃”Hangzhou Small Eats” Restaurant where they have mean noodles(10rmb) and dumplings(5rmb). Its delicious and cheap, perfect combo. I managed to also find 4-5 Japanese restaurants in the building too. Also did I mention that I had lunch at a North Korean BBQ restaurant?
One thing that interests me the most is that, Chinese workers don’t really wear suits or even an dress shirt for work. I understand that its hot as hell but work is work. The larger firms out here have a dress code but I guess most Chinese firms have casual attire.
Today was a good day, my dad visited Beijing for work and we had dinner together. He’s been to Beijing on multiple occasions but he had never taken the Beijing Subway until today. I forced him to experience the Line 1 Rush Hour. In Japan, the JR Yamanote Line in Tokyo is famous for the train station workers to push people into the subways during the rush hour but Beijing subway is even worse than Japan.
Also found a great TED talk video on how everything in the world today is becoming global but media. Its quite interesting and you should check it out. http://www.ted.com/talks/ethan_zuckerman.html
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