Charlie Rose interview transcript available
The transcript of the Charlie Rose interview is now available:
“The first half of the 21st century, a large part of it, will still be the American,” Lee, 86, said in an interview with the Charlie Rose television show on the PBS network. “But I believe the second half you’ll have to share top places with China and also with India. Make space for them, too.” …
“In 30 years they’ll have an economy, not per capita but in total terms, bigger than the U.S.A.,” and China is now building political and strategic influence to protect its economic growth, Lee said.
“People already treat her differently, because they know that this is going to be a big fellow around the block,” he said. China is handling its growing influence in a “very pragmatic, almost cold-blooded and clinical fashion,” Lee said.
“On the American side, there’s been some vacillation: first China is a strategic adversary, then China is a strategic partner, then China is a stakeholder, and then China is not carrying its weight.” …
“If India were as well-organized as China, it will go at a different speed, but it’s going at the speed it is because it is India,” Lee said. “It’s not one nation, it’s many nations.”
“No prime minister in Delhi can at any one time speak in a language and be understood throughout the country,” said Lee. “You can do that in Beijing.”
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