In my latest book, published by Fourth Estate in February 2008, I look at the Chinese model of globalisation which I argue could re-shape the face of Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. I am trying to show how experiments with focus groups and opinion polls are changing China from a traditional authoritarian state to a new 'deliberative dictatorship', and reveal how Beijing hopes to use a "China Dream" to challenge the US' military power.
The book charts the development of a new Chinese world view and identifies the following different factions battling for influence:
I argue that in the future, the West willl be just as interested in the Chinese "Neo-Comms" plans for Asia as it is now in the "Neo-Cons" attempts to reshape the Middle East. Soon, the political struggle in the Communist Party will be seen as vital as the battle between the US presidential contenders; and protesters outside the World Bank will complain as much about the "Beijing Consensus" as they do about the "Washington Consensus".
An interview with Mark Leonard on Foreign Exchange with Daljit Dhaliwal, recorded in Washington, D.C on 16 May 2008.
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Listen to a discussion on BBC Radio 4's Start the Week, recorded on 11 February 2008.
Listen to Mark Leonard on WNYC - The Brian Lehrer Show, recorded in New York on 6 May 2008.
Listen to an interview on ABC Australia, broadcasted on 2 May 2008.
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