When China Rules the World

By Martin Jacques

New York: The Penguin Press, 2009, pp. 392-393

As China becomes more self-confident, a millennia-old sense of superiority will be increasingly evident in Chinese attitudes.  But rather than being imperialistic in the traditional Western sense – those this will, over time, become a growing feature as it acquires the interests and instincts of a superpower – China will be characterized a strongly hierarchical view of the world, embodying the belief that it represents a higher form of civilization than any other.


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