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Understanding China’s New Diplomacy

Silk Roads and Bullet Trains Gerald Chan, School of Social Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand
What is China’s high-speed rail diplomacy? What is China’s infrastructure diplomacy? How do they relate to each other and to the country’s Belt and Road Initiative? Can China finance the numerous projects around the world under the initiative? This book assesses the important implications of China’s new diplomacy for the global political economy. It argues that a new developmental path called ‘geo-developmentalism’ is in the making: China plays a leading role in promoting growth and building connections across Eurasia and beyond.
Extent: c 160 pp
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Publication Date: March 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78811 206 2
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The first of its kind, this book critically and systematically addresses questions about China’s high-speed rail diplomacy and ‘one belt, one road’ initiative. Gerald Chan argues that ‘geo-developmentalism’ is currently being formed in China, and explores its international impact.

Understanding China’s New Diplomacy offers an in-depth examination of how China has risen so quickly to become a high-speed rail superpower, and how this has impacted positively and negatively on other countries, particularly its neighbours in Asia. Chan also highlights the challenges the initiative poses to the state, particularly in balancing these projects to maintain China’s status as both a land and maritime power. By reviewing the country’s unique style of state capitalism and its success of absorbing foreign train technology, new developmental methods exclusive to China are revealed.

Government officials, foreign policy makers and students with a keen desire to discover more about Chinese foreign policy and international relations would greatly benefit from the expert insight into China’s geopolitical future.
‘Professor Gerald Chan is a perceptive and thorough scholar, with a highly inventive mind. In this book he brilliantly analyzes China’s high-speed railway system and the Belt and Road Initiative, likely to transform all kinds of interactions across the great Eurasian Continent in coming decades. Professor Chan’s sober and insightful analysis will also serve as a basis for future research.’
– Colin Mackerras, Griffith University, Australia

‘This is a timely but very original contribution to the field of international political economy and development studies and the study of China's relations with the world. Professor Chan takes the case of the rapid development and internationalization of China’s high-speed rail industry to show how Chinese industrial development is organized in the context of the evolving world political economic structure. Theoretically sharp, empirically rich, and policy implications far-reaching.’
– Xiaoming Huang, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

‘This is an excellent much needed book.’
– Kingsley E. Haynes, George Mason University, US
Contents: Preface 1. Introduction 2. The New Silk Road 3. China’s high-speed rail diplomacy 4. Explaining China’s high-speed rail ‘miracle’
5. Financing infrastructure projects 6. Assessing Asian responses to ‘one belt, one road’ 7. Theorising ‘one belt, one road’ 8. Conclusion Index