Contre François Jullien by Jean François Billeter

By Jean François Billeter

François Jullien a publié sur los angeles "pensée chinoise" des ouvrages nombreux, qui ont connu un succès considérable en France et des traductions dans une quinzaine de langues. Un autre sinologue, Jean François Billeter, présente ici quelques-unes des objections qu’on peut lui faire sur sa méthode et sur sa imaginative and prescient de los angeles Chine. Il ouvre un débat qu’il estime essential et dont il montre les implications intellectuelles, morales et politiques.

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It is now commonplace to talk about a 'Great Convergence' taking place between China and the West. The pace at which China's economy has caught up with the developed economies has astonished the world. By 2008, the country's Gross National Income (in PPP $) was larger than that of France, the UK and Germany combined and waS 54 per cent of that of the USA. Its manufacturing output had risen to 85 per cent of that of the USA and was 61 per cent greater than that of Japan and ovet twice that of Germany (World Bank, 2010).

As th e internati o nal o peratio Tls o f lead ing UK fi rm s have ex panded, so these have come to dwa rf th ei r domestic operatio ns . T he fo reign assets, revenu es and empl oyment. o f most o f th e UK's lea d ing compa ni es now greatly exceed those in the do mestic UK economy (see [able 6) . This is th e case fo r giant UK -based compani es such as BI', Shell, SA BM ilicr, H SB C, Stan dard Ch artered, Anglo -America n, Unil ever, AstraZe neca, Voda fone, BAE Systems, G Kl , \XlPP, BAT a nd Im peri al To bacco .

The co nccntra tion o f business power has never bec n greater. as hington Co nsensus policies, o ligop o lies \\lere established not o nl y by th e \\'o rld 's leading systems integ rato rs but also in t he upper rcach es of rhe su pply chain. Few people can ima ginc that lust two firm s produce 75 per cent of the global su pply of braking systems for large co mmerci a l aircraft, that three firms produce 75 per cent of th e globa l su pply of co nstant veloc ity joints for automobiles, o r that three firms produce SO per cen t of the globa l suppl y of industrial gases (table 2) .

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