This post may be a little controversial, which is not its intent, but as I am visiting different countries and cultures its possible to see the influence of different countries on others around the world. For better or worse, the U.S. has given the world a particular style of popular culture, omnipresent fast food restaurants, the modern multi-national corporation and a whole bunch of other things.
If these things are what the U.S. has given the world, I wonder what will China and its rising economic power give to the world.
China and Chinese culture have given the world many things already that are essential elements of modern society. But what do you think we will see walking down the streets of say Barcelona, or Sao Paulo, or Chicago in the next 20 years and say that is something that came from China. They same way that you can see things and recognize things as coming from France, or Spain, or Italy or the UK or India for that matter.
It is an interesting thought.
Building on this thought, I read an interesting and insightful interview from Andrey Denisov, Russia’s first deputy foreign minister concerning the future of China. Access to the full article requires a free registration, but the discussion is worth a read as it provides a different perspective on China.
Likewise an article in the June 2011 Harvard Business Review “What the West does not get about China” by George Stalk and David Michael provides some non-traditional thinking about China and its economic realities.
So what do you think China will give the world?