Libby Ruffle on China’s economic gains and humanitarian failings, and Jim Denham on Beijing’s global dominance
Martin Jacques writes about the “world-transforming” effect of China’s economic growth on Europe and the US (This decade belonged to China. So will the next one, 1 January). Arguably, he’s referring to states and corporations rather than citizens, though individuals and companies are likewise enmeshed in global capitalism.
Recently, Arsenal’s distancing from Mesut Özil after he raised awareness of the persecution of Uighurs in Xinjiang, and Tesco’s complicity in alleged forced prison labour, have shown how western corporations have disdained humanitarian basics in favour of international profit – perhaps an indication of what to expect from future power shifts.