Martin Jacques: facts show that China’s governance system is better

2020 is the most unusual year since 1945. The new outbreak is challenging the limits of almost all governments in the world in an unprecedented way. Of course, all this is happening against the background of growing differences between China and the United States. The western financial crisis in 2008 is the biggest one since 1931. Over time, it is bound to have a profound impact, and it is true. It has broken the political shackles of the American working class, who has suffered from the stagnation of income growth for a long time and is full of resentment. It has brought about fundamental changes in American politics by voting: Trump’s accession to the White House, opposition to globalization, support for nationalism, and a major turning point in Sino US relations. The 2008 financial crisis is still releasing its power, and political changes in every European country and the United States are constantly proving this. At the same time, a larger event has happened: the impact of the new epidemic on the world has far exceeded that of the 2008 financial crisis. It has led to a greater decline in global production and trade, and the degree of fragmentation and fragmentation of globalization is far greater than at any time before 2016. This epidemic may destroy the world order as we know it, and make it all the same: we can’t go back to the existing national hierarchy led by the United States, the era of globalization from 1980 to 2016, the liberal democracy since 1945, and the western international order formed after 1945. < p > < p > in 2020, the scale of western economy will shrink sharply, and then double dip recession or even depression may occur. This will be in sharp contrast to the situation in East Asia. All East Asian countries, especially China, are very aware of the need to eliminate the virus and have achieved overwhelming success. As a result, these countries are recovering rapidly. China is the only major country in the world that is expected to grow this year. The response to the epidemic in East Asia, especially in China, has proved the correctness of its governance system and Confucian cultural values. In the long run, the focus of global power will eventually shift from the United States to China. < / P > < p > whether trump wins the presidential election or not, nothing will go back to 2016. The United States will continue to see China as a strategic opponent. The fierce competition and confrontation between the United States and China will continue. A large part of the world – East Asia, Central Asia and sub Saharan Africa – will increasingly lean towards China. The distance between Europe and the United States continues to widen, and some European countries are also paying more attention to China. As China becomes the world’s largest economy and its domestic market is the world’s largest market, China’s attractiveness will be increasingly enhanced, and its booming scientific and technological strength will significantly enhance this attraction. In this context, the two most important factors are: China’s economic growth relative to the United States, and the relative speed of China’s technological innovation. Under the influence of the new epidemic situation, we must consider two new factors. First of all, facts have proved that China’s governance system is far better than the western governance system in dealing with the epidemic and subsequent economic challenges; secondly, compared with the United States and other Western societies, Chinese culture has shown a strong resilience, cohesion and unity spirit in the face of the epidemic. In other words, in 2008, countries are facing economic challenges to a large extent. Now, different from the past, China’s ability to cope with the epidemic situation is better in the fields of politics, economy, culture, society and, of course, public health. < / P > < p > the background of the above-mentioned power and concept change is likely to be huge turbulence, instability, tense relations and conflicts. The next few years may be a very difficult journey for mankind, especially for the West. We are indeed experiencing a great change, which will lead the development process in the next decade or even decades. To successfully meet these challenges will be a great test of governing the country, which requires great cooperation between China and other countries.