Niall Ferguson: China’s Got the Whole World in its Hands

Controversial historian Niall Ferguson, who co-coined the term Chimerica to describe the symbiotic relationship between China and the U.S., has produced a three-part series on China for Channel 4. The Telegraph interviews Ferguson about his views on China’s rise:

At his Harvard base last week, he discussed a resurgent Chinese that “is almost intimidating in its intensity” as the world undergoes a shift of financial and political power from West to East.

It was a strain that he first identified from the reaction of his own Chinese students to US coverage of the . “They were very hostile to the criticism of the Chinese government.

“The key insight for me is that rather than pro- feelings increasing as China grows economically, it is a radical, shrill nationalism that is emerging.”

But it isn’t just the young. For the new three-part series, he also found among older Chinese a growing “Maostalgia”, a nostalgia for the era of Mao Tse-tung. In Western eyes, Chairman Mao is strongly associated with the chaos of the Cultural Revolution, but for many Chinese, he is the father of a modern, booming nation.

See a video of Ferguson discussing the concept of Chimerica:

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