Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781783609239 Published February 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783609246 Published February 2017 For sale in North and South America only

China's Asian Dream

Empire Building along the New Silk Road

Tom Miller

China's Asian Dream

Tom Miller

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256 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781783609239 Published February 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783609246 Published February 2017 For sale in North and South America only
“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 Xi, China is pursuing an increasingly ambitious foreign policy with the aim of restoring its historical status as the dominant power in Asia. From the Mekong Basin to the Central Asian steppe, the country is wooing its neighbors with promises of new roads, railways, dams, and power grids.  Chinese trade and investment presents huge opportunities for China’s neighbors, and its ability to build much-needed infrastructure could assist in the development of some of the world’s poorest countries. Yet Chinas rise also threatens to reduce its neighbours to the status of exploited vassals. In Vietnam and Myanmar, resentment of Chinese encroachment has already incited anti-Chinese protests, and many countries in the region are seeking to counterbalance its influence by turning to the US and Japan. Combining a concise overview of the situation with on-the-ground reportage from over seven countries, China’s Asian Dream offers a fresh perspective on one of the most important questions of our time: what does China’s rise mean for the future of Asia and of the world?
Review Quotes
Wall Street Journal
“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.”
James Kynge | Financial Times
“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.”

“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.”
South China Morning Post
“Superbly organized. . . . Miller deftly combines the plethora of data points and statistics with vivid local color.”
Business Tianjin
“As a snapshot of China’s relations with its neighbors . . . this book is highly recommended.”
Splash 24/7
“With a deft turn of phrase, Miller turns what could be a dry topic into a great read.”
Hong Kong Review of Books
“A terrific combination of data and pavement-pounding local investigation, with discussions between academics, market traders and officials from Laos to India.”
Kerry Brown, author of China and the New Maoists
“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.”

Yukon Huang, former World Bank director for China
“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.”

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

Richard McGregor, author of The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers
“Tom Miller tackles the central question of our time: whether China can translate its economic power into geopolitical clout, and execute its breathtaking plan to dominate its Asian neighbours. For Xi Jinping, this is nothing less than a return to the natural order which prevailed until the nineteenth century. For the rest of us, it threatens to turn the old world dominated by the West upside down.”

Bill Hayton, associate fellow at Chatham House and author of South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia
“'Excellent. . . . 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.”
Oliver Stuenkel, author of Post Western World
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.”
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