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Episode III -  ‘Superpower’                                                                              AP Review - China        


Niall Ferguson asks what China's growing global presence and aggressive nationalism mean to all of us. China's supercharged economic growth signals a seismic shift in political power from West to East. We are increasingly dependent on China's money to bail out our own fragile economies. But at what price? How can we protest when China challenges our most deeply held beliefs about democracy and freedom of speech by locking up its citizens? Should we criticise them or just keep quiet for fear of frightening off much needed investment? When China transforms itself from an assembler of products invented in the West to an innovator in its own right what will be left for us to do? What will it be like to work in a Chinese-dominated world?


Episode III - “Superpower”

1. Forty years ago China’s economy was smaller than Britain’s economy. Today it is more than ___ times larger.

2. In 2016, China’s economy should probably overtake _____ to become the biggest in the world.

3. Between now and 2050, the number of over 60s in China is going to rise by a staggering ___ million.

4. All that record breaking economic growth is causing an environmental ______.

5. To understand China’s impact on the world, you really do need to follow the metal. If you want to get a glimpse of what it’s like to live with Chinese expansion, one of the best places to start is in the continent of ____.

6. The Zambian copper belt is the Chinese version of the Wild ____ these days.

7. Mr. Song runs a soybean farm outside Zambia. Does he own the farm?

8. What kind of stadium is the Chinese building as a gift for the Zambians?

9. In the 20 months that the Chinese manager has been working in Africa, how many days did he have off?

10. How do the local African workers feel about their Chinese employers?

11. Lenovo is the ___ biggest PC manufacturer in the world.

12. How fast can China’s passenger train go?

13. Why did Ferguson get up so early to visit Tiananmen Square?

14. How does China’s youth feel about how the Western Media represent China?

15. How are some young people in China at “war” with the west in a uniquely 21st century way?

Your opinion - longer length answer:

16. Will China be our “economic savior” or “geo-political nemesis”?