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The New Rules of the Game
First broadcast February 2006

Technological innovation, chinese people at computers

Over the past decade the term "globalisation" has come to characterise the predominant trend in world affairs.

But what exactly does it mean?

In this three-part series, the BBC's Diplomatic Correspondent Jonathan Marcus explores the fundamental shifts in the global system since the end of the Cold War.

Part One: May the force be with you

In the first of three programmes Jonathan Marcus travels to China and the United States to explore the sinews that bind the new globalised world together.

He examines what is meant by "globalisation"; where did it come from and how has it evolved?

What is the relationship between technological change and globalisation?

Is it really, as its advocates suggest, a force for good?

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