Videos about documentary, China

Cyrus Janssen on China

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China’s Mega Projects (2/5) : the efficient and hospitable 24-hour mega-city

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China’s Mega Projects (1/5) : Manufacturing

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Why China is different

A talk by Martin Jacques; October 2020.

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Why is Western media so biased against China ?

With Cyrus Janssen ...

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Comment by Gustavo Andrés ...

There is an overwhelming assumption in the West that China’s Achilles heel is the state: that it lacks legitimacy. This is the underlying reason why Westerners believe that China’s transformation is unsustainable: that the political system cannot survive. It would be wrong to suggest that attitudes have not shifted: the endurance of the reform period, now over 35 years old, and the scale of its achievement have bred a growing if still grudging respect, and a less apocalyptic view of Chinese political change. Few now regard it to be imminent and many have extended their time horizons somewhat into the future.

Nevertheless, most Westerners still regard China’s present political order as lacking legitimacy and as ultimately unsustainable. In the post 1945 period, Westerners have come to believe that Western-style democracy – essentially universal suffrage and a multi-party system – is more or less the sole source of a government’s legitimacy. This is a superficial and ahistorical position. Western-style democracy does not ensure the legitimacy of a regime in the eyes of its people: Italy is perhaps the classic example, with successive governments over a long historical period experiencing a chronic lack of legitimacy. And what of China? Although it does not have Western-style democracy, there is plenty of evidence – for example the Pew Global Attitude surveys and the work of Tony Saich at the Harvard Kennedy School – that the Chinese government enjoys high levels of support and legitimacy, much higher indeed than those of Western governments.

How do we explain this? Clearly the reason is not Western-style democracy because China has not chosen this path. The late Lucian W. Pye, in his book ‘Asian Power and Politics’, argues that Western scholars have, in their understanding of politics, prioritised political systems over political cultures: Pye argues, correctly in my view, that the opposite is the case. His insight is highly relevant to the Chinese case. The relationship between the state and society in China is very different from that which characterises Western societies.

There are three key elements. First, China is primarily a civilization-state rather than a nation-state, with the overriding and extremely difficult age-old task of government being to maintain the unity of China and its civilization. This has lent the state an enduring authority, importance and centrality in China that is very different from the Western nation-state tradition. The state is intrinsic to China in a way that this is not true in Western societies: they are, in effect, in large degree synonymous. Furthermore the Chinese regard the state in some degree as an expression and extension of themselves.

Second, whereas in Western societies the state is seen in an instrumentalist and utilitarian way – in other words, what will it do for me? – in China, following from the Confucian tradition and the idea that the Emperor should model himself on the father’s role as the head of the family, the state is perceived in a familial way, whence the expression ‘nation-family’, or the idea of China as an extended family. Or, to put it another way, in Western societies the state is viewed as an external and somewhat artificial construct, for the Chinese it is an intimate.

Third, a much higher premium is placed on the efficiency and efficacy of the state than in the West, whence the importance of meritocracy in the recruitment of public servants. In the West, discussion about the state largely revolves around the manner by which the government is selected, in China, by way of contrast, the competence of the state assumes priority.

Fourthly, following from the previous point, the state is expected and required to deliver in China. Over the last few decades, of course, it has presided over and masterminded a huge transformation, the most remarkable in modern economic history. The contrast between the performance of the Chinese and Western economies is manifest.

In summary, the relationship between the state and society in China and the West is profoundly different and the reasons lie in the historical and cultural differences between them. They can and should learn from each other but they will remain distinct.

So what of the future?

As I mentioned at the outset, it is axiomatic in the West that sooner or later China will face a crisis of governance that will result in profound reform along Western lines. In reality, it seems far more likely that the crisis of governance will occur in the West than China. The United States and Europe are in decline and, as a consequence, their ruling elites and political systems are already suffering from declining legitimacy and authority, a process that is likely to continue. China, in contrast, is a rising power whose ruling elite is likely to enjoy growing status and prestige as a consequence.

China, though, faces its own kind of governance challenge. The country is changing at extraordinary speed. If one thinks of how the life of an ordinary person has changed over the course of the last three decades, then this is a measure of how everything else, including political rule, must also change in order to survive. Of course, transparency, representivity and accountability have been transformed since Mao’s death, but this is a dynamic process and arguably the greatest changes still lie in the future. It is not that China needs to or should change its system – it has stood the test of time and managed to stay abreast of and lead the wider transformations – but, this notwithstanding, more profound ways must be found to modernise the political system and its institutions if they are to meet the demands and expectations of a very different society.

       
   

Leadership and politics – the West compared to China

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Regarding term limits - President Xi is exceptionally well read and very much the right person at the right time, a period where China will (is) facing unprecedented attack for its success. Xi's plan is longer term and so requires a longer term limit; an extraordinary measure for extraordinary times.

       
   

Chinese democracy vs. Liberal democracy – debate

China's meritocracy versus Western Elite rule (with a 'vote' of which brand of the same thing can be made every 4 or so years). Is the Western 'vote' simply a way to get one's complicity into a governance that will never really be your side ?

Spoiler - the Western model 'wins' the debate - but it is an audience of long brainwashed Westerners - lol ; )

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Bonus video, with Professor Zhang WeiWei & Professor Timothy Ash (a Munk debate).

Which one works for an elite and which for the common people ...

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‘Socialism with Chinese characteristics’

A view by Professor Wolff ...

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The neo-colonialist 5-Eyes countries’ projections

Not just where the real power projections are coming from, but also the psychological projection - blame the 'hostile states' when the hostile states are really oneself.

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Manufacturing in China – a discussion (2020)

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WuHan after the coronavirus - documentary

Video : China : WuHan after the coronavirus - documentary

What is China really like - fact and fiction

Video : China : What is China really like - fact and fiction

An interesting interview that looks into Western propaganda ... Bonus film - a talk by professor Kishore Mahbubani ...

China - 70 years of the Peoples's Republic - and the developing world

Video : China : China - 70 years of the Peoples's Republic - and the developing world

Martin Jacques, Hannah Ryder and David Monyae (with emphasis ob Africa) ... (Note : a few audio issues here and there)

The BRI : the new Silk Road : the China - Russia corridor

Video : China : The BRI : the new Silk Road : the China - Russia corridor

Encounters in China ...

Video : China : Encounters in China ...

With China Icons ...

The enduring Silk Road

Video : China : The enduring Silk Road

A documentary series by RT. Text by RT. The Ancient Silk Road was a trade route that began in China in the 2nd century BC and, for more than 1700 years, linked Europe and Asia. As well as goods, it facilitated a cultural exchange between the continents, knowledge, religion, art, philosophy and tradition all passed back and forth between distant nations. Modern China now has the strongest economy in Asia and is a major world power. This series examines the enduring influence of the Silk Road in making the nation what it is today and how its legacy still thrives in China. PART ONE From the 2nd century BC onwards, the great Silk Road was a vital trade route that provided a link between Eurasian countries. It began during China’s Han dynasty and eventually stretched all the way to Rome. Throughout its 17 centuries of existence, it played a crucial role in enabling cultural interaction between nations and peoples all over the continents. As well as establishing economic ties, it also facilitated the exchange between countries of knowledge, religious practice, architectural styles, art, philosophy and traditions. Modern Chinese culture has been heavily influenced by centuries of trade with neighbouring countries. Today, there are still sites in China that preserve the history of the Silk Road and the country’s role in it. Tang West Market Museum in the city of Xi'an marks the ancient starting point of the Silk Road and displays relics unearthed from what used to be a major centre for international trade. The Silk Route Museum in the city of Jiuquan celebrates the first ever customs checkpoint in history. This city served as an outpost on China’s border with unforgiving and perilous nomadic lands. Meanwhile, a network of grottos called the Mogao Caves bears witness to Buddhism arriving and thriving in China. Today, China remains true to the well-established tradition of cultural exchange with its neighbours. 2016-2017 are dedicated to furthering Russo-Chinese relations and bilateral media ties. The history of collaboration between the two countries dates back as far as 400 years, when religious missionaries crossed the borders to introduce the other side to their homeland’s rich cultural practices. PART TWO China is developing a unique blend of socialism and capitalism. The state-owned sector dominates but there has been a sudden surge in privately owned businesses operating in a new market economy. The two systems coexist in apparent harmony despite the seemingly contradictory ideologies of capitalism and communism. Private businesses began to appear after the country’s economic reforms of the late 1970s, ushered in by then premier, Deng Xiaoping. The emergence of private entrepreneurship led to rapid economic development for China. The country is still among the world’s fastest growing economies and is often the first to tap into new markets. To further expand its regional economic influence, China has launched a programme to revive the famous old Silk Road. They are confident that the route will develop new international markets and forge new business alliances. The multifaceted programme involves improving road infrastructure and modernising key cities along the ancient Silk trading route. They are also creating more favourable conditions for business with incentives like company tax breaks and duty-free towns near the borders with neighbouring countries. The project has been dubbed the ‘One Belt, One Road initiative’, and involves cooperation with more than 60, mostly neighbouring countries, with Russia among the major partners. RTD examines examples of Sino-Russian cooperation carried out under the ‘One Belt, One Road’ umbrella, including large-scale government projects and private trade deals with Russian customers. PART THREE - The Ancient Silk Road was a major trade route that linked Europe and Asia between the 2nd century BC and the late 16th AD. - Modern China is a rapidly growing economy. “One Belt, One Road” is an initiative to revive the Silk Road to help the country play a bigger role in global affairs. - Ancient towns that were once key outposts on the Silk Road are undergoing rapid growth both economically and in infrastructure as they are to reprise their roles as major trading waypoints along the route - Citizens now enjoy new business opportunities and contribute further to developing their cities In its heyday, the ancient Silk Road was Eurasia’s most important trade route, connecting two rich continents to facilitate trade and cultural exchange. Modern-day China has seen near constant economic growth. It boasts of several record figures, including the highest number of skyscrapers and the longest railroads. Five years ago, the government announced a new plan, “One Belt, One Road”, an initiative to revive the Silk Road. The strategy seeks to help China play a bigger role in global affairs through developing an infrastructure that will unite the countries of the two continents under a cohesive economic area. Many ancient Chinese cities that were once outposts along the Silk Road, desert oases or transport hubs are now rapidly transforming themselves into megacities, so that they can, once again, service and profit from the trade route. New businesses are opening, facilitated by the development of a reliable transport system, which in turn brings greater tourist flow. Some cities are also grated the status of special economic area, offering attractive tax incentives to foreign investors. We visit two very different cities; Lanchjou and Urumchi, united by the Silk Road’s history. Both are experiencing rapid development. We meet businessmen who tell us how it feels to watch their home towns transform into economically and politically significant conurbations and how it inspires them to aim for international markets and seek new outlets for their businesses to grow.

China - a meritocracy

Video : China : China - a meritocracy

A talk by Eric X. Li ...

The human dream ...

Video : China : The human dream ...

A talk by Australian Kevin Rudd ...

The Return of China

Video : China : The Return of China

Not the rise of, just the return. A talk by Australian Malcolm Turnbull ... A comment re defense spending - per capita (person), China is not even in the top 15 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_military_expenditure_per_capita Defense spending is in fact very small considering the size of the country.

Inside Chinese smartphone giant HuaWei's ShenZhen headquarters

Video : China : Inside Chinese smartphone giant HuaWei's ShenZhen headquarters

An fascinating look inside the massive campus ... And also a quick look at BaiDu's campus in BeiJing ... And TenCent (WeChat)'s HQ in ShenZhen ... Bonus films ...

Deng XiaoPing - history / documentary

Video : China : Deng XiaoPing - history / documentary

HuaWei - the truth

Video : China : HuaWei - the truth

Nathan Rich lays it out ...

An unlikely citizen

Video : China : An unlikely citizen

China's transformation and an interview with Professor Bill Brown, who came to China 30 years ago and made it his family home ...

Jack Ma (Alibaba founder) talks business, trade and general wisdom

Video : China : Jack Ma (Alibaba founder) talks business, trade and general wisdom

January,2017.

Trump's trade war - May 2019

Video : China : Trump's trade war - May 2019

Alternative energy in China (documentaries)

Video : China : Alternative energy in China (documentaries)

The traditional Chinese philosophy is to live in harmony with nature rather than trying to conquer nature. A look at China's Green Dream and its amazing progress ...

The New Silk Road : ambition and opportunity

Video : China : The New Silk Road : ambition and opportunity

With Dr. May-yi Shaw. Meet the pioneers of the Belt and Road Initiative ...

Future China - a talk by Martin Jacques

Video : China : Future China - a talk by Martin Jacques

Preserving cultural traditions and identity while embracing the new ...

Video : China : Preserving cultural traditions and identity while embracing the new ...

A look at traditional Chinese arts in modern day ShenZhen and BeiJing.

The rise of smartphone payments in China

Video : China : The rise of smartphone payments in China

'Better Lives' - documentary films on poverty reduction

Video : China : 'Better Lives' - documentary films on poverty reduction

China has lifted 800 million people out of poverty. These videos show recent examples of how this was achieved ...

China in the age of Xi - documentary

Video : China : China in the age of Xi - documentary

An in-depth look at how current president Xi JingPing has guided China over the last five years, the ideas behind the changes, and the future direction. A fascinating and excellently made documentary by the Discovery Channel. If you want to know today's China and where China is headed, this is a comprehensive guide. At over 2 hours, it is not a quick glance, but much more insightful than anything else you think you know about China. Highly recommended.

China Icons - a selection of films

Video : China : China Icons - a selection of films

Looking for Chinese culture, life-stories, and cultural news from around China ? Check out our new China Icons page, automatically updated with the latest films from the highly regarded China Icons team. We dipped into the archives to present a selection of films from 2016, starting with 'Hopes and Dreams - China's migrant factory workers' ... The China Icons page - bookmark or find the link in the sidebar.

ShangHai 上海 - an aerial and historical guide

Video : China : ShangHai 上海 - an aerial and historical guide

A fascinating look at the extraordinary history and transformation of ShangHai. With China Central TV (CCTV). Narrated by Owen Grant. Bonus film - sailing along the HuangPu River at night, between the Bund in PuXi (west of the river) and PuDong (east of the river). The most well known area of PuDong is the LuJiaZui finance and trade zone that includes the ShangHai Stock Exchange and many of ShangHai's highest buildings, such as the Oriental Pearl Tower, the Jin Mao Tower, the ShangHai World Financial Center, and the ShangHai Tower. These modern skyscrapers directly face PuXi's historic Bund (meaning embankment), a remnant of former foreign concessions. PuDong also includes the Port of ShangHai, the ShangHai World Expo site and Century Park, ShangHai PuDong International Airport, the JiuDuanSha Wetland Nature Reserve, and the ShangHai Disney Resort. This 'New Area' has been established from almost nothing in just thirty years.

Along the ancient Silk Road of China ...

Video : China : Along the ancient Silk Road of China ...

A BeiJingBuzzz special. From Xi'An to Kashgar. A journey along the Chinese part of the trade route that connected China to Iran, Syria, Palestine, and beyond. With film-maker Graeme Langford ...

ChongQing 重庆 : light rail, urban planning, food and tourism

Video : China : ChongQing 重庆 : light rail, urban planning, food and tourism

Hong Kong`s 香港 green islands - documentary

Video : China : Hong Kong`s 香港 green islands - documentary

Dancing on a Dream - documentary

Video : China : Dancing on a Dream - documentary

The story of an American girl with a dream to master Chinese dance through to graduation at Beijing Normal University's dance school ...

Breakfast in NanJing 南京 ...

Video : China : Breakfast in NanJing 南京 ...

A fascinating look at the wide variety of breakfast foods on offer ...

China in the world - past, present and future

Video : China : China in the world - past, present and future

A talk by Dr. Martin Jacques in Singapore ...

Tibet, China - freedom from serfdom - documentary

Video : China : Tibet, China - freedom from serfdom - documentary

With CCTV English.

A Miao herbal medicine man in GuiZhou 贵州 - documentary

Video : China : A Miao herbal medicine man in GuiZhou 贵州 - documentary

My life in China 中国

Video : China : My life in China 中国

Creative, talented and visionary expats in China. A special documentary series with CCTV English. Inspiring stories of overseas people making their life in China ... * Preserving the Chinese language * 'Gemini' - French / Chinese pop couple * Innovative t-shirt designer * Cross-cultural architect * Martial arts and calligraphy * Wind power engineer * TianJin city guide magazine publisher and the 'Beijing Beatles' * Engineering manager * The 'Sound Guy' * Restaurant management * Creative art installations * Children's photographer * English teacher * International chef * 'Tribal Fusion' dance

LeShan Giant Buddha 乐山大佛, Mount Emei 峨眉山 Scenic Area

Video : China : LeShan Giant Buddha 乐山大佛, Mount Emei 峨眉山 Scenic Area

The LeShan Giant Buddha 乐山大佛 is located in SiChuan province and is a 233 foot tall stone statue constructed during the Tang Dynasty. Emei Shan (3,100 meters / 10,200 feet) is one of the four Chinese Buddhist sacred mountains. Emei Shan is UNESCO World Heritage Site (together with the Leshan Giant Buddha) : "...an area of exceptional cultural significance as it is the place where Buddhism first became established on Chinese territory... The first Buddhist temple in China was built on the summit of Mount Emei in the 1st century CE." Documentaries ...

Extraordinary Journeys into Tibet 非凡之旅《进藏》

Video : China : Extraordinary Journeys into Tibet 非凡之旅《进藏》

This outstanding, feature length documentary follows travelers taking six different routes to Tibet - via SiChuan, QingHai, XinJiang, YunNan and the Himalayas. Very beautiful ...

The DaMing Palace of the Tang dynasty 唐朝大明宫 - documentary

Video : China : The DaMing Palace of the Tang dynasty 唐朝大明宫 - documentary

The DaMing Palace, 'Palace of Great Brilliance', was the imperial palace complex of the Tang dynasty (618 - 907 AD), located in its capital Chang'An. This palace served as the residence of the Tang emperors for more than 220 years. Today, it is designated as a National Heritage Site. The area of the remains is located northeast of Xi'An, ShaanXi province.

Chinese Civilization - documentary

Video : China : Chinese Civilization - documentary

Discover the origins and development of China through 5,000 years of history in this fascinating and informative documentary series from CCTV (in English) ...

Mount HuangShan 黄山 : a documentary

Video : China : Mount HuangShan 黄山 : a documentary

HuangShan (Yellow Mountain) is a group of mountains in AnHui province, east China. Famous for its rugged peaks, unusual rocks and tenacious pine trees, this beautiful landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

YuanMingYuan 圆明园, the original Summer Palace in BeiJing - documentary

Video : China : YuanMingYuan 圆明园, the original Summer Palace in BeiJing - documentary

A fascinating documentary, in English. Discover how this place embodied the quintessential Chinese garden arts, and how it came to be destroyed ...

The last Kung Fu masters

Video : China : The last Kung Fu masters

A short documentary - an extended preview of Chris Crudelli's film on the martial arts in China today.

Skateboarding in ShangHai 上海 - documentary

Video : China : Skateboarding in ShangHai 上海 - documentary

Photographic posing accents - documentary video

Video : China : Photographic posing accents - documentary video

The evolution of the peace sign in east Asia ...

Efficient public transport in GuangZhou 广州

Video : China : Efficient public transport in GuangZhou 广州

GuangDong province. Coordinated buses and bicycles improve the transportation for residents ...

Adoption story

Video : China : Adoption story

Feature length (one and a half hours) film. Shows lots of places and everyday life in three cities: Beijing, ChongQing and GuangZhou.

The beautiful WuDang Mountains 武当山, home of Taoism

Video : China : The beautiful WuDang Mountains 武当山, home of Taoism

A fascinating documentary by CCTV English ...

Green technology and China's unprecedented urbanisation - video

Video : China : Green technology and China's unprecedented urbanisation - video

Documentary by GizMag that looks at the SAIC auto company and its role at the Shanghai Expo. In addition, the film also looks at China's remarkable rise as a manufacturing and technical powerhouse, with its eye firmly on the future. This 20 minute film is highly recommended.

An introduction to 6,000 years of Chinese art

Video : China : An introduction to 6,000 years of Chinese art

Illustrated by works from China at the Asian Art Museum of San Frascisco, one of the largest collections of Chinese art outside China.

The great voyages of Zheng He - video

Video : China : The great voyages of Zheng He - video

Zheng He's voyages began in 1405 with enormous and technologically advanced ships, almost 100 years before the European explorers set sail ...

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