Fin læsning af Evan Osnos, den tidligere korrespondent for New Yorker i Kina, der netop er kommet med en ny bog. Her skriver han i en artikel på Politico om fem myter, som han – desværre – har været med til at sprede om Kina. Her er nummer fem:
China’s economy is doomed to collapse! (Unless it takes over the world!)
The larger China looms in the American mind, the more we see it as a caricature, bound to fail or destined to dominate. Four years ago, when China’s GDP was growing at 10 percent per year, it was unfashionable to draw attention to its economic weakness. Today, with debt rising and growth falling, optimism is too often written off as naïve. (The calmest voices are betting that China will muddle through.)
The larger point is that we should retire the choice between absolutes. The story of China in the 21st century is often told as a contest between East and West, between state capitalism and the free market. But in the foreground there is a more immediate competition: the struggle to define the idea of China. Understanding China requires not only measuring the light and heat thrown off by its incandescent new power, but also examining the source of its energy—the men and women at the center of China’s becoming.