Understanding China’s New Diplomacy

Silk Roads and Bullet Trains

New Horizons in East Asian Politics series

Gerald Chan, Professor, 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.

‘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

2018 160 pp Hardback 978 1 78811 206 2 £70.00 £63.00 $99.95 $89.96

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