"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 "Financial Times "
"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, author of China and the New Maoists
"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, 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."--Hugh White, author of The China Choice
"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."--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
"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, author of Post Western World
"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."--Wall Street Journal
"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 Miller lays out how the enterprise is supposed to work--and why it might not."--Reuters
"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 asks: what does it means for the future of Asia?