China's Asian Dream

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

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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 the lion had awakened. Under his leadership, China is pursuing a dream to restore its historical position as the dominant power in Asia. From the Mekong River Basin to the Central Asian steppe, China is flexing its economic muscles for strategic ends. By setting up new regional financial institutions, Beijing is challenging the post-World War II order established under the watchful eye of Washington. And by funding and building roads, railways, ports and power lines-a New Silk Road across Eurasia and through the South China Sea and Indian Ocean-China aims to draw its neighbours ever tighter into its embrace. Combining a geopolitical overview with on-the-ground reportage from a dozen countries, China's Asian Dream offers a fresh perspective on the rise of China' and what it means for the future of Asia?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 25.4mm | 340.19g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 Index; 7 Maps
  • 1783609230
  • 9781783609239
  • 34,797

Table of contents

1. "One Belt, One Road": Financing the New Silk Road

Belt and Road Initiative
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Asia's infrastructure arms race

2. Marching West: The Economics of Power in Central Asia

Central Asia

3. In the Heat of the Sun: Advancing Down the Mekong


4. California Dreamin': How China "Lost" Myanmar

Gateway to the Bay of Bengal

5. A String of Pearls: Fear and Loathing in the Indian Ocean

Indian Ocean
Sri Lanka

6. Fiery Waters: Mapping the South China Sea


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Review quote

'Understanding the philosophy behind China's national aspirations will be a defining task of 21st-century diplomacy. In that vein, China's Asian Dream will prove essential reading.'
Wall Street Journal

`A lively work ... particularly strong on the role that Chinese-backed infrastructure development will play in fulfilling [China's regional] ambition.'
Financial Times

'Superbly organised ... Miller deftly combines the plethora of data points and statistics with vivid local colour.'
South China Morning Post

'As a snapshot of China's relations with its neighbors ... this book is highly recommended.'
Business Tianjin

'With a deft turn of phrase, Miller turns what could be a dry topic into a great read.'
Splash 24/7

'Chinese people are proud of their country's
economic renaissance but baffled by its dearth of friends ... Under President Xi Jinping, the
People's Republic is moving to right that imbalance, using a mix of economic
blandishments and shows of military strength. In China's Asian Dream: Empire
Building along the New Silk Road Tom Miller lays out how the enterprise is
supposed to work - and why it might not.'

'A terrific combination of data and pavement-pounding local investigation, with discussions between academics, market traders and officials from Laos to India.'
Hong Kong Review of Books

'Excellent ... Tom Miller has voyaged around China's periphery [and] his long experience of analysing the Chinese economy enables him to puncture a few over-inflated myths.'
Bill Hayton, Associate Fellow at Chatham House and author of South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia

`This is a book about power, money and sought-after love. A must read for those interested in whether President Xi's reincarnated "Silk Road" will succeed in restoring the grandeur of the Middle Kingdom.'
Yukon Huang, former World Bank Director for China

'In this vividly-observed account from the front lines, Tom Miller charts the reality of China's growing power through the eyes of its neighbours. One of the best accounts we have of what China's rise really means for the world.'
Hugh White, Australian National University, and author of The China Choice

'A crisp, well researched and well written account. Miller has travelled extensively throughout Asia and across China's maritime periphery. His is a uniquely well informed view of the opportunities, and the huge risks, of China's bold ambitions in the region.'
Kerry Brown, King's College, London, and author of China and the New Maoists

`An indispensable guide to the vision, personalities, institutions and methods that underpin the emergence of the next superpower. Brimming with telling insights and arresting stories, China's Asian Dream really hits the ball out of the park.'
James Kynge, emerging markets editor of the Financial Times and author of China Shakes the World

`Tom Miller tackles the central question of our time: whether China can translate its economic power into geopolitical clout, and execute its breath taking plan to dominate its Asian neighbours.'
Richard McGregor, author of The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers

'China's Asian Dream offers an engaging and up-to-date analysis of China's regional strategy ... Miller's analysis is balanced, and he succeeds in steering clear of the anti-China bias so prevalent among many Western analysts ... The book is useful not only to Asia watchers, but also to scholars and policy makers in Africa and Latin America.'
Oliver Stuenkel, Post Western World

'Great book ... If you're interested in understanding China's aspirations without resorting to psycho-cultural, basically essentialist theories about China's desire to recreate the imperial tribute system; if you want to understand the drivers of Chinese diplomacy ... then definitely read [China's Asian Dream]!'
Kaiser Kuo, Sinica Podcast

'An essential resource to understanding the thinking behind [China's] Belt and Road Initiative .'

'[A] vivid and useful guide to China's unfolding strategy and its economic and diplomatic ramifications.'

'One of the best researched volumes on Chinese
President Xi Jinping's driving vision, his `dream' to return his country to the
dominant position it had held in Asia since ancient times.'

William R. Hawkins, Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research

'A useful addition to the debate over China's behaviour as a great power.'
Survival: Global Politics and Strategy

'Recommended to journalists, practitioners, policy makers and academicians, those who have dealings with China, and ordinary people who are interested in China as an emerging power.'
Insight Turkey
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About Tom Miller

Tom Miller is a senior analyst at Gavekal Research, a global economic research service, and managing editor of China Economic Quarterly, published by its sister service Gavekal Dragonomics. Tom was educated at the University of Oxford and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, and spent two years studying Mandarin in Beijing. A former journalist, he has reported from a dozen countries in Asia. His first book, China's Urban Billion: The Story Behind the Biggest Migration in Human History (Zed, 2012), was translated into Chinese. After fourteen years living in China, Tom now divides his time between England and Asia.
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