China is fast becoming the next world superpower, while India – with its vast young population, booming jobs market and burgeoning economy – is on the march. Meanwhile, Wall Street has plunged the world into the global financial crisis. In the West, economies are crashing, mortgages are defaulting, and the armies of unemployed are growing, while birth rates shrink and the population ages.
And America, which entered the new millennium as the world’s one superpower, is facing record debt, a shrinking middle class and an uncertain future.
Who are the world leaders in technology, science, manufacturing and the environment? Who cultivates the best students, and the brightest innovators? And where’s the intelligence in a culture that celebrates Snooki and endless Spiderman reboots over the classics?
After 500 years in the spotlight, the West just might have lost its way.
Speaking for the proposition are The Australian’s Economics Editor David Uren, Asialink CEO Jenny McGregor and Professor Kenneth Chern, former Director of Asian Affairs at the White House and current Professor of Asian Policy and Executive Director of the Swinburne Leadership Institute.
Speaking against the proposition are journalist/author/broadcaster Dr Susan Maushart; Dr John Lee, a foreign policy academic and China expert; and writer, academic and founding editor of The Asian Law Journal, Professor Tim Lindsey.
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