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China and the West: Hope and Fear in the Age of Asia

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China sees its relations with the West as absolutely crucial to its future. This wider relationship, between the new world and the old, is changing the global political and economic landscape. But can Europe and China overcome their cultural and political differences to develop a relationship of trust?

Veteran reporter Fokke Obbema has traveled through Europe and China and spoken with dozens of entrepreneurs, students, experts and politicians. He shows how mutual relations are affected by a feeling of superiority on both sides and sheds light on the thousands of interactions between people in finance, politics, economics and education. Above all, he shows how a fear of China has permeated the discourse in the West, and suggests we should instead take a balanced view of the future of China relations and even be excited by the change that is coming.


Fokke Obbema is a journalist and writer. He is the former Economic Editor and current Foreign Affairs editor for the major Dutch newspaper de Volksrant, and is a China expert who has traveled extensively throughout the country.