China, the economic superpower of the twenty-first century. For most economists, it is a question of when, not if, China will surpass the United States as the world’s largest economy. Despite some serious concerns about its housing and commodity sectors, China’s rise continues unrelentingly. What can we expect from a strong and confident China? And is a Sinocentric world really something new, or rather a natural rehabilitation?
Only two weeks left, then I’m done. Done with my research master’s thesis, that is. This prospect forces me to think about what I want to do after graduation (officially due in September). For the past three months I’ve been busy with a couple of job applications, so far without success. This week I expanded my search to include a personal passion: China. As many of you know, I have lived and studied in China for quite some time. Working in China, then, sounds very appealing. To actually consider this path, though, I must first know what I find so interesting about the place. This is what I will try to specify here.