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Is the West Getting China Wrong? With Keyu Jin and Gideon Rachman

A unique insight into the mindset of the world’s rising superpower

China’s power has been growing for decades. A formidable and emerging power on the world stage, the China that most Westerners think they know is an intimidating, authoritarian nation which plans to take over the world. According to leading economist Keyu Jin, this prejudiced take on China is blinding the West from a true understanding of the country’s goals and intentions and could lead to unnecessary and destructive conflict.

In May 2023, Jin came to Intelligence Squared to discuss how stability and harmony are in fact the guiding principles of the Chinese economy. She shed light on how the one-child policy has shaped the ultra-competitive economic environment in China and why the Communist Party’s strong regulation of Big Tech puts it in a stronger position than the US to achieve global dominance in areas like technology and AI.

Jin was joined by Gideon Rachman as she gave us a unique insight into the mindset of the world’s rising superpower.



Keyu Jin

Author of The New China Playbook

Associate professor of eco­nomics at the London School of Economics and Political Science, who has worked with the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. She is currently a global board member for Richemont. Born and raised in Beijing, she holds a BA, an MA and a PhD in eco­nomics from Harvard University, and lives in London and Beijing. Her new book is The New China Playbook: Beyond Socialism and Capitalism.   

Gideon Rachman

Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator for the Financial Times

Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator for the Financial Times. He joined the FT in 2006, after 15 years at The Economist, where he served as a correspondent in Washington D.C., Brussels, and Bangkok. In 2016, Rachman won the Orwell Prize, Britain’s most prestigious prize for political journalism. He has written a number of books including Zero Sum World, Easternization: Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline From Obama to Trump and Beyond, and The Age of Strongmen.