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Global power shifts: Joseph Nye on

Posted by: Matthew Trost

Historian and diplomat Joseph Nye gives us the 30,000-foot view of the shifts in power between China and the US, and the global implications as economic, political and “soft” power shifts and moves around the globe. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2010, July 2010 in Oxford, England. Duration: 18:16)

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  • Layla Reaves commented on Aug 27 2012

    My personal reaction to this segment of Ted Talk is that it’s a natural response to want to fear China because it’s becoming so strong, but I agree with Ted that this doesn’t necessarily have to result in another World War. However, I do think that Ted is being a bit too naïve and idealistic because just because people shouldn’t really be scared, that doesn’t mean that they won’t be. When people are afraid, they become defensive, so I do think the growth of China’s economy will result in some of kind of conflict, but with the practice of smart power as he mentions, I don’t think that things will get too out of hand. I just believe that it’s natural to have shifts in global power. It’s happened throughout history, but the panic, not the actual economic growth, resulted in the following chaos.