Books with titles such as When China Rules the World by Martin Jacques, In the Jaws of the Dragon: America’s Fate in the Coming Era of Chinese Hegemony by Eamonn Fingleton and China's New Confucianism: Politics and Everyday Life in a Changing Society by Daniel A. Bell already pose the question that is the title of this piece. Moreover, articles like Complexity and Collapse by Harvard Historian Niall Ferguson in the March/April 2010 edition of the authoritative American journal Foreign Affairs, with its focus on the abrupt collapse of empires, give the question an additional immediacy.
"Viewpoint: Global order - Enlightenment or Confucian values?,"
Culture Mandala: The Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies:
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