Claude Meyer

West and the rebirth of China Publication date : May 30, 2018

Claude Meyer has led a dual career as an international banker and an academic specializing in Asia at the EHESS, then at the University of Pars I Panthéon-Sorbonne and at Sciences Po. He is currently advisor at the Asia Center of IFRI [Institut français des relations internationales] and researcher at GEM-Sciences Po.
In 2030 China’s GNP will have surpassed that of the United States, thereby becoming the most powerful country in the world. Why does that change in leadership promise to have great significance for Europe? What are the economic, political, and above all civilizational consequences of this? Under what conditions can the dialogue between China and the West be advantageous?

This very complete and well-informed book puts into perspective the incredible rise of China – it’s important to remember that in 1820 China was the primary world power – and reveals the limits it is facing today, in spite of the ambitious and aggressive policies of Xi Jinping. Stressing the necessary rebalancing of exchanges between China, the United States, and Europe, it suggests looking at the historical precedent of the Jesuits in China in the sixteenth century to stimulate a rich, lucid, and demanding dialogue.