As the title suggests, When China Rules the World foretells that the global dynamics of power will soon dramatically shift in favor of China.
"This shift will be economic, political, and cultural, and will give rise to a new global order. This ascendancy will happen in spite of Chinese implementation of many bedrocks of the Western world such as government transparency, democracy, and economic freedom. Martin Jacques argues that the world has miscalculated China, and their roadmap to world power looks completely different to that of traditional Western powers.
This book does a fantastic job of building up intellectual capital and presenting objective data that reveals how Western assumptions lack tangible value in their application to the Chinese. Resultantly, Jacques doesn’t come off as unnecessarily alarmist or blindly optimistic—he depicts the yet-to-be determined future based upon the quantifiable present. However, while the book portrays what happened (and therefore explaining how China rose as it did) in such detail, it tends to make its projections with much less factual support and general assumptions. Consequently, there exists the unmistakable conclusion that China will continue to rise without convincing evidence as to where that rise will ultimately place China in the race for global domination."