Jonathan E Hillman, The Emperor’s New Road: China and the Project of the Century…

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The Emperor’s New Road: China and the Project of the Century

by Jonathan E Hillman

Overview

A prominent authority on China’s Belt and Road Initiative reveals the global risks lurking within Beijing’s project of the century

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is the world’s most ambitious and misunderstood geoeconomic vision. To carry out President Xi Jinping’s flagship foreign-policy effort, China promises to spend over one trillion dollars for new ports, railways, fiber-optic cables, power plants, and other connections. The plan touches more than one hundred and thirty countries and has expanded into the Arctic, cyberspace, and even outer space. Beijing says that it is promoting global development, but Washington warns that it is charting a path to global dominance.

Taking readers on a journey to China’s projects in Asia, Europe, and Africa, Jonathan E. Hillman reveals how this grand vision is unfolding. As China pushes beyond its borders and deep into dangerous territory, it is repeating the mistakes of the great powers that came before it, Hillman argues. If China succeeds, it will remake the world and place itself at the center of everything. But Xi may be overreaching: all roads do not yet lead to Beijing.

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-emperors-new-road-jonathan-e-hillman/1136574630

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Review | The Emperor’s New Road: the inside story of Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative

Jonathan Hillman’s new book offers a reality check on Beijing’s global infrastructure projects, describing: ‘Ports without ships, trains without passengers, airports without flights, and free trade zones largely free of trade’

Peter Neville-Hadley

Peter Neville-Hadley

Published: 1:15pm, 12 Sep, 2020

The Emperor’s New Road by Jonathan Hillman, Yale University Press. 4.5/5 stars

Wherever in the world you live it’s likely Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature foreign policy, the Belt and Road Initiative, promised to bring some benefit or other to your door in the near future. Innumerable development projects have been announced: new roads, railway lines, ports and fibre-optic cables, with all routes leading to China. More than 130 countries have signed up, and US$1 trillion of investment has been announced.

In The Emperor’s New Road, Jonathan Hillman, of United States think tank the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, sets out to explain the initiative, and manages to make its dry politics and economics unexpectedly entertaining.

His account is the antithesis of the monotonously upbeat announcements broadcast from China almost daily. He finds striking parallels between China’s present projects and Europe’s past colonial expansion, and describes political pratfalls aplenty.

No mere desk-bound theoretician, he provides personal accounts of visits to key projects across Africa and Asia, struggles with bureaucracy and mutual suspicion at China’s borders, bringing all their logistics to life. Contrary to the dreary enthusiasm of official accounts, he sees ports without ships, trains without passengers, airports without flights, and free trade zones largely free of trade.

For more:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/books/article/3100819/emperors-new-road-inside-story-xi-jinpings-belt-and

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Yale University Press

A prominent authority on China’s Belt and Road Initiative reveals the global risks lurking within Beijing’s project of the century

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is the world’s most ambitious and misunderstood geoeconomic vision. To carry out President Xi Jinping’s flagship foreign-policy effort, China promises to spend over one trillion dollars for new ports, railways, fiber-optic cables, power plants, and other connections. The plan touches more than one hundred and thirty countries and has expanded into the Arctic, cyberspace, and even outer space. Beijing says that it is promoting global development, but Washington warns that it is charting a path to global dominance.

Taking readers on a journey to China’s projects in Asia, Europe, and Africa, Jonathan E. Hillman reveals how this grand vision is unfolding. As China pushes beyond its borders and deep into dangerous territory, it is repeating the mistakes of the great powers that came before it, Hillman argues. If China succeeds, it will remake the world and place itself at the center of everything. But Xi may be overreaching: all roads do not yet lead to Beijing.Jonathan E. Hillman, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), is director of the Reconnecting Asia Project, one of the most extensive databases tracking China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

ISBN: 9780300244588
Publication Date: September 29, 2020
304 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
9 b/w illus.

https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300244588/emperors-new-road

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