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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the first enlightening books on China!
"China cannot thoroughly be understood from either a Western or a Chinese viewpoint. To grasp its nature requires an orbital, historical view of both the West and China," says Wei Wang, author of the best-selling business title The China Executive.

Indeed, because of the same approach Will Hutton has adopted, The Writing on the Wall is one of the first truly...
Published on 24 Jan 2007 by An expat based in Shanghai

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts but rambling
I wanted to read this book to understand more about the phenomenal rise of China and the effect this might have on the West, the UK and my family. I teach Chinese students, use Chinese products (who doesn't?) and eat Chinese food but I'm encouraged by our media to fear and mistrust China. This book goes part of the way to helping me understand what's going on but it was a...
Published on 8 Jan 2008 by Rick the Recidivist

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1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious waffle, 5 May 2009
William Podmore (London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Writing On The Wall: China And The West In The 21St Century (Paperback)
Hutton has lost the plot. A long-time EU-lover, the credit crunch has completely upset him. The EU has not done a single thing right.
The EU doesn't work. 18.4 million people are unemployed. The EU admits that its free trade policy causes `large-scale redundancies' in Europe, a `decline [in] employment terms and conditions' and cuts in wages.

The old empires all banned industry in their colonies. Now the EU, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organisation do the same to us all. They lie - you don't need industry, open up to imports of goods, capital, and cheap labour, make your labour markets flexible - and you'll grow.
The government says protection is the road to ruin, yet it supports the Common Agricultural Policy. The EU, led by Britain, tries to force poorer countries to open up their economies. The recent EU-India Free Trade Agreement would cut India's revenues from import taxes by $6 billion and let the EU dump subsidised products into India.
The EU's `Global Europe' strategy, pushed by Brown and Mandelson, is all about free trade. The EU itself predicts that its proposed Euro-Mediterranean Free Trade Area will destroy 3.4 million industrial jobs in Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. Egypt alone is expected to lose 1.5 million jobs. Yet the ever-present Vince Cable says protecting jobs is `beggar-my-neighbour' politics. He also says, "Economic storms, like those in nature, come and go. They cannot be abolished."

Britain's hard-pressed MEPs are to get a 13,000 pay rise next month - a 32% rise. They will also get a special EU tax rate of 15%, halving their tax. In a recent poll for the BBC, 55% said, "I want Britain to leave the EU." 84% said the British people must have a referendum before any more powers go to the EU. In the EU elections, the EU's leaders are desperate for us to vote, so they can claim people support the EU.

Yet Hutton still thinks that the EU is the solution!
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