Posted: July 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

China’s dream for its own future: Robyn Meredith at TEDGlobal2012

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Robyn Meredith

Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Robyn Meredith is a correspondent for Bloomberg Television in Hong Kong and author of The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China and What it Means for All of Us. She’s written about China for years, and she starts her talk with a lyrical image of the western dream of China’s promise. “Ever since Marco Polo returned from Europe with tales of exotic China — its vast population and its huge wealth — foreigners have had a dream about China,” she says. And it’s a dream that persists, even as China itself evolves. She describes three phases of the country’s development over the past 35 years.

The first stage was from 1978-1989. During this stage, China took baby steps towards capitalism, such as allowing collective farmers to choose which crops to plant.

The second stage runs 1989-2008. After Tiananmen Square, China modernized its economy, attracted foreign investors and became…

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