BRICS Business Magazine English Edition No.6(10)

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In the multipolar world of the not so distant future, the Chinese pole could turn out to be the strongest. The West is slowly departing from its role as the undisputed economic leader, and we are entering an era for which none of is fully equipped.

While fear and misunderstanding are increasing in certain countries, districts, and regions, opportunities are multiplying. China will become much larger in our lifetime – not only in terms of goods and money, but also in the spread of Chinese ideas, fashions, and lifestyles. Global migration patterns will also change dramatically.

The attitudes towards these changes will be even more varied. Some countries are vying for the new Silk Road to travel through their territory, while others are eschewing major collaboration with the Celestial Empire. After all, if change is perceived as a threat, then maintaining the status quo becomes more expensive than any forgone benefit. In my opinion, knowledge about China – its values, ideals, and aspirations – is insufficient for optimists and pessimists alike.

For example, one must bear in mind that military seizure of foreign territories is not a traditional Chinese practice. Outward expansion has occurred hand-in-hand with culture, which successfully spread into new lands. Perhaps this is also feared. A look back at history provides us with the mythology of the eternal and immutable Middle Kingdom. It has lost none of its steam, but instead has accumulated more and more over the centuries. In fact, the China that was formed from different ethnicities is diverse and subject to influences, too – this in itself is a sign of its modernity. Westernization is in full swing in China, which only expands the scope for dialogue. Every country in the world should learn not only to understand China, but also to offer valuable knowledge about itself in return.

Authors & Experts

Bo Andersson
Bo Andersson

AVTOVAZ president

Adeel Malik
Adeel Malik

Globe Fellow in the Economies of Muslim Societies at Oxford University

Bassem Awadallah
Bassem Awadallah

CEO of Tomoh Advisory, and a former finance minister of Jordan

Vladimir Remyga
Vladimir Remyga

Head of research at the Russian-Chinese Economic and Financial Center of the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation

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Daniel Poon

an Economic Affairs Officer at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

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Richard Kozul-Wright

Director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development; is the author, most recently, of Transforming Economies: Making Industrial Policy Work for Growth, Jobs

Artem Konstandyan
Artem Konstandyan

President and Chairman of the Board at Promsvyazbank

Vasily Brovko
Vasily Brovko

Head of Communications, Information, and Research at Rostech Corporation

Olivier Schwab
Olivier Schwab

World Economic Forum Executive Director for China

Stiven Veldhoen
Stiven Veldhoen

a Partner at Strategy& in Beijing

Tiger Shan
Tiger Shan

a Shanghai-based Partner at Strategy&

Mario Ottiglio
Mario Ottiglio

Director of Public Affairs and Global Health Policy at the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA)

Neal A. Hartman
Neal A. Hartman

Senior Lecturer in Managerial Communication at the MIT Sloan School of Management

Konstantin Turmin
Konstantin Turmin

Director of the Asian Markets department at the Russian-Chinese Trade Development Center

Marcos Troyjo
Marcos Troyjo

Director of the BRICLab at Columbia University, where he also teaches international affairs

Ksenia Sosnina
Ksenia Sosnina

CEO of International Paper

Dina Moulioukova
Dina Moulioukova

researcher at the Department of International Studies at the University of Miami

Roger E. Kanet
Roger E. Kanet

professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Miami, where he also served as Dean of the School of International Studies (1997–2000); a member of the Council on Foreign Relations

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Alexey Kalinin

Director of the SKOLKOVO Institute for Emerging Market Studies

Ekaterina Molchanova
Ekaterina Molchanova

Project Lead at the SKOLKOVO Institute for Emerging Market Studies

Viktor Kladov
Viktor Kladov

Head of the International Cooperation Department at Rostech Corporation

Oleg Sienko
Oleg Sienko

CEO of JSC Scientific Production Corporation UralVagonZavod

Michael Spence
Michael Spence

Nobel laureate and William R. Berkley Professor in Economics and Business at the Stern School of Business, New York University

Jack A. Goldstone
Jack A. Goldstone

Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, Head of the International Laboratory for Political Demography and Macrosociological Dynamics at Moscow’s RANEPA

Rustem Khamitov
Rustem Khamitov

Head of of the Republic of Bashkortostan

Margarita Fedotova
Margarita Fedotova

First Vice-President of the Russian-Asian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RASPP)

Anne-Marie Slaughter
Anne-Marie Slaughter

President and CEO of the New America Foundation, Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, and a former director of policy planning in the US State Department (2009–2011)

Andrey Ostrovsky
Andrey Ostrovsky

Deputy Director of the Institute of Far Eastern Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences

Ilya Gubin
Ilya Gubin

Novikombank President

Igor Lotakov
Igor Lotakov

Managing Partner of PwC Russia

Kanayo F Nwanze
Kanayo F Nwanze

is President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development. He is a participant of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

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