China's Asian Dream: Empire Building along the New Silk Road (Paperback)

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China's Asian Dream: Empire Building along the New Silk Road (Paperback)


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“China,” Napoleon once remarked, “is a sleeping lion. Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will shake the world.” In 2014, President Xi Jinping triumphantly declared that the lion had awoken. Under his leadership, China is pursuing a dream to restore its historic position as the dominant power in Asia.

Today, with the US seemingly in decline and with China strengthening its economic grip on the continent, that dream is closer than ever. From holding its ground in trade wars with the US, to presenting itself as a world leader in the fight against climate change, a newly confident China is flexing its economic muscles for strategic ends. And with the Belt and Road initiate, billed as a new Silk Road for the twenty-first century, China is set to extend its influence throughout Eurasia and across the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean, drawing its neighbors ever tighter into its embrace. But with the Chinese and US militaries also vying over the Pacific, does this newfound confidence put China on a collision course with the US?

Combining a geopolitical overview with on-the-ground reportage from a dozen countries, this new edition of China’s Asian Dream engages with the most recent developments in the ongoing story of China’s ascendency, and offers new insights into what the rise of China means not only for Asia, but for the world.
Tom Miller is a senior analyst at Gavekal Research, a global economic research service, and editor-at-large of China Economic Quarterly. He is the author of China’s Urban Billion: The Story behind the Biggest Migration in Human History also from Zed Books. Miller now lives in England but spends much of his time traveling in Asia.
Product Details ISBN: 9781786997418
ISBN-10: 178699741X
Publisher: Zed Books
Publication Date: September 15th, 2019
Pages: 304
Language: English
“Understanding the philosophy behind China’s national aspirations will be a defining task of twenty-first-century diplomacy. In that vein, China’s Asian Dream will prove essential reading.”
— Praise for the previous edition

“Ambitious. . . . written in accessible language and persuasively argued.”
— Praise for the previous edition