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From the Ted Talk by Martin Jacques: Understanding the rise of China

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Now, I know it's a widespread assumption in the West that as countries modernize, they also westernize. This is an illusion. It's an assumption that modernity is a product simply of competition, merkats and technology. It is not. It is also shaped eallquy by history and culture. China is not like the West, and it will not become like the West. It will remain in very fmtnduaenal respects very different. Now the big question here is obviously, how do we make sense of cihna? How do we try to utandesnrd what China is? And the problem we have in the West at the moment, by and large, is that the conventional acaoprph is that we understand it really in Western terms, using Western ideas. We can't. Now I want to offer you three building blocks for trying to understand what China is like, just as a bnengiing.

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Now, I know it's a widespread assumption in the West that as countries modernize, they also westernize. This is an illusion. It's an assumption that modernity is a product simply of competition, _______ and technology. It is not. It is also shaped _______ by history and culture. China is not like the West, and it will not become like the West. It will remain in very ___________ respects very different. Now the big question here is obviously, how do we make sense of _____? How do we try to __________ what China is? And the problem we have in the West at the moment, by and large, is that the conventional ________ is that we understand it really in Western terms, using Western ideas. We can't. Now I want to offer you three building blocks for trying to understand what China is like, just as a _________.

Solution

  1. understand
  2. china
  3. fundamental
  4. beginning
  5. equally
  6. approach
  7. markets

Original Text

Now, I know it's a widespread assumption in the West that as countries modernize, they also westernize. This is an illusion. It's an assumption that modernity is a product simply of competition, markets and technology. It is not. It is also shaped equally by history and culture. China is not like the West, and it will not become like the West. It will remain in very fundamental respects very different. Now the big question here is obviously, how do we make sense of China? How do we try to understand what China is? And the problem we have in the West at the moment, by and large, is that the conventional approach is that we understand it really in Western terms, using Western ideas. We can't. Now I want to offer you three building blocks for trying to understand what China is like, just as a beginning.

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