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China's Asian Dream


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Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction 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 Xinjiang Central Asia Russia 3. In the Heat of the Sun: Advancing Down the Mekong Laos Cambodia 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 Pakistan India Sri Lanka 6. Fiery Waters: Mapping the South China Sea Vietnam Conclusion

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The latest edition of Miller's seminal work, exploring what China's rise means for the future of Asia, and of the world.

About the Author

Tom Miller is a senior analyst at Gavekal Research, a global economic research service, and editor-at-large of China Economic Quarterly. 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 and resident in China for 14 years, he has reported from a dozen countries in Asia. He is also the author of China's Urban Billion: The Story Behind the Biggest Migration in Human History (Zed 2012). Tom now lives in England, but spends much of his time travelling in Asia.


[A] vivid and useful guide to China's unfolding strategy and its economic and diplomatic ramifications. * ChinaDialogue *
A lively work ... particularly strong on the role that Chinese-backed infrastructure development will play in fulfilling [China's regional] ambition. * Financial Times *
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 *
Superbly organised ... Miller deftly combines the plethora of data points and statistics with vivid local colour. * South China Morning Post *
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 *
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, author of South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia *
One of the best accounts we have of what China's rise really means for the world. * Hugh White, author of The China Choice *
An indispensable guide... brimming with telling insights and arresting stories, China's Asian Dream really hits the ball out of the park. * James Kynge, Emerging Markets Editor for The Financial Times *
A uniquely well informed view of the opportunities, and the huge risks, of China's bold ambitions in the region. * Kerry Brown, author of China and the New Maoists *
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 *
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 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 *

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