Series 1 Episode 3
First Broadcast: 8PM Mon 26 March 2012

Niall Ferguson asks what China's growing global presence and aggressive nationalism mean to all of us.

China's supercharged economic growth signals a seismic shift in political power from West to East. We are increasingly dependent on China's money to bail out our own fragile economies.

But at what price? How can we protest when China challenges our most deeply held beliefs about democracy and freedom of speech by locking up its citizens? Should we criticise them or just keep quiet for fear of frightening off much needed investment?

When China transforms itself from an assembler of products invented in the West to an innovator in its own right what will be left for us to do? What will it be like to work in a Chinese-dominated world?

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    1. Niall's Introduction This video is a clip Niall's Introduction Video duration: 3:12 minutes

      Niall Ferguson examines China's ascendancy, and asks what the future holds for the country and its relationship with the rest of the world Watch China: Triumph and Turmoil Episode 1
    2. S1-Ep2: Maostalgia This video is a clip S1-Ep2: Maostalgia Video duration: 2:21 minutes

      How has the state's Communist government maintained relative stability despite now relying on a largely capitalist economy? Watch China: Triumph and Turmoil Episode 2
    3. S1-Ep3: Superpower This video is a clip S1-Ep3: Superpower Video duration: 3:20 minutes

      Should western nations should be worried about the country's influence over financial affairs worldwide? Watch China: Triumph and Turmoil Episode 3

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Niall Ferguson examines China's ascendancy, and asks what the future holds for the world's most populous country and its relationship with the rest of the world