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Many have argued that the growth of China and indeed other growing economies will fundamentally change the world we live in within the next 50 years. This meeting is being held to discuss this and how it will impact on most of us in our lifetime.

This meeting is being hosted by Nick De Bois MP. Nick is the MP for Enfield North on the All Party Group on China and secretary to the 1922 Committee. He regularly meets with the Prime Minister advising him on views of backbench MPs. Nick also serves on the Justice Select Committee.

Goldman Sachs has predicted that China will overtake the US as the world’s largest economy in 2027. Its growth from 100 years ago, when it was a peasant economy being comprehensively exploited by foreigners, has been extraordinary.

How will the newly restored China look, and how will other countries interact with it? Will the West be undermined fatally, or will the astonishingly successful Western models for the economy, state and society be adopted by China?

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Martin Jacques is the author of the global best-seller When China Rules the World: the End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order, which was first published in 2009. It has since sold over a quarter of a million copies and been translated into eleven languages. He is a visiting senior research fellow at the London School of Economics, IDEAS, a centre for the study of international affairs, diplomacy and grand strategy. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and a fellow of the Transatlantic Academy, Washington DC.

Roy Graff holds a BA degree in Chinese and Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and speaks business level Mandarin Chinese fluently. As a keen supporter of sustainable development and environmental protection he provides pro-bono time to causes he is passionate about. Currently Roy serves as Project Director – Eco Heritage Tourism at JUCCCE (http://www.juccce.org/). He has held several volunteer positions including Vice President of communications at PACE (Professional Association for China’s Environment) in China and council member of Tourism Concern in the UK. Roy cooperates with UNESCO, IUCN and other bodies to promote a sustainable and ethical tourism industry in China.

For over two hundred years we have lived in a western-made world, one where the very notion of being modern was synonymous with being western.

Some like Martin Jacques in his Book “When China Rules The World” has argued that China will replace the United States as the world's dominant power. In so doing, it will not become more western but the world will become more Chinese. He also argues that China is different from the West and will remain so: we can only understand China in its own terms not through a Western lens or a belief that China should be like us.

Is his argument right that the global shifts in power since the Western financial crisis is now seeing us at the beginning of a Chinese World Order and that the decline of the United States may well prove faster than currently anticipated?

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