As March wraps up the first month of Autumn in Australia, the historic visit of Chinese Premier, Li KeQiang, stirs up the already heated topic of China. It has long been suggested that the 21st century will see a world that centres on China, or perhaps more appropriately put, a world that China has "bought" over. The rise and fall of modern China draws the economic lifeline of every country around the world.
Recently, one particular book has drawn a lot of academic attention: Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance, by Oxford Martin professor Ian Goldin and researcher Chris Kutarna.
Chris Kutarna is a Canadian born doctorate in politics who has lived in China for several years and speaks fluent Chinese. He believes that Chinese ancestors invented papermaking, thus laying the foundation of the European Renaissance. The dramatic rise of China at the end of the twentieth century has pushed the world into a second round of Renaissance, especially now, with the development of information technology and the age of the Internet bringing the world closer than it has ever been.
Weeks ago, I had the pleasure of being invited to test drive the new Tesla Model S P100D, which looks like a luxury sedan yet is fundamentally different. This was an experience into the very limits of contemporary, cutting-edge technology that this century can possibly reach, a vehicle engineered with the potential to replace human driving entirely. Its inherent concept using electrical power gives us a hint on what's to come in the future line of car development.
As global development soars at an all-time high in our modern world , people are grow ing more anxious about where this unstoppable revolution is taking them. Globalisation has become a contentious and divisive issue today as time-honoured institutions, traditions and culture are being swept away by these rapid forces of modernity.
"This century is a racing game", states Kutarna. "We live in a century filled with flourishing genius and production, yet also one full of risks." Our world has become a competition between the bright and dark sides of discovery and innovation. In order not to leave certain groups and organisations torn in this prickly time, we must try and guide the trends.
I believe that to live in Australia is a privilege and pleasure. Australia is a relatively young and free nation that offers us the opportunity to lead a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle in an unspoiled beautiful natural environment. It is enriched by a multicultural policy that upholds human dignity and embraces diversity while cherishing longstanding traditions.
Today, we share an issue of Vision Magazine with you illustrated by the new Renaissance, an era where fashion and culture is indispensable. I would like to thank the editorial team for their observations and endless creativity. Australia is a country filled with opportunities and "geniuses", and trust me when I say, Vision will remain clear and strong in its mission and not be lost amongst the chaotic trends that beset society today.