The Yao Ming Metaphor For China

Our man in Davos sends word t0day of a CCTV debate on the global dimensions of China’s growth. Moderator Rui Chenggang likened China to a 16 year old Yao Ming, the basketball player, already 2 meters tall, but still lacking the muscle, skills and game experience that he would subsequently acquire and make him a basketball star.

It is an interesting metaphor by which to think of China which is now seen by the outside world, and particularly the U.S. and Europe, as a global power that China doesn’t yet see itself to be. It also helps explain the different expectations that the two sides have of what should be China’s appropriate global role and responsibilities.

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