LONDON, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- Martin Jacques, a visiting senior fellow at the London School of Economics' Asia Research Center, expressed optimism about China's future development in a recent interview with Xinhua.
"China has an extraordinarily successful economic transformation which is still of course only half complete," said Jacques, regarded as one of Britain's leading experts on China.
The British scholar said he believed that China would become more prosperous and more self-confident in the next 10 to 20 years. That growth, Jacques said, will find expression in China's political, cultural and ideological influence globally.
The main task for China over the next 10 to 20 years was to complete the process of modernization, he said.
Jacques said that unlike many in the West, he did not believe that there was only one way to modernization.
"The West thinks there's only one model of modernity, which is the Western model," he said
He said China had a unique model of modernity distinctively different from those in the West and other parts of Asia.
"...The country is not simply a product of the present, not simply a product of technology, not simply a product of markets. It's a product of history and culture as well," Jaques said. "So China will remain very different, importantly different from the West."
Jacques also spoke highly of China's efforts to lower poverty.
"The poverty reduction in China is very impressive," Jaques said, "I mean... it has been very successful...considering that China is such a big country with so many differences."
The scholar also pointed out that there were many major challenges China will have to face, such as the big gap between rich and poor and between rural and urban regions.
Moreover, China also is facing serious environmental problems. But he believed those can be solved during as China develops.