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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's flagship foreign-policy effort, China promises to spend more than one trillion dollars for new ports, railways, fiber-optic cables, power plants, and other connections. It touches more than 130 countries and has expanded into the Arctic, cyberspace, and even outer space. Beijing promises that it is promoting global development, but Washington warns that it is charting a path to global dominance.

Taking listeners on a journey to China's projects in Asia, Europe, and Africa, Jonathan E. Hillman reveals how this grand vision is unfolding on the ground. As China pushes beyond its borders and deep into dangerous terrain, 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.

©2020 Jonathan E. Hillman (P)2020 Tantor

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  • david
  • 13-10-20

Engaging Narrative

An enjoyable listen packed with facts, history, analysis, and even unexpected witty humor that had me laughing out loud at least once per chapter.
Author provides a valuable, informed perspective that makes this a highly worthwhile read.

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  • Greg Newkirk, GISP AICP
  • 18-03-21

Boring and Fascinating

This is a well-told story with many salient facts about China's BRI. While I would have liked to speed up the story at times, the abundance of information was useful and enlightening. I came away with a much deeper understanding of China's economic operations throughout the developing world.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-04-21

Objective analysis in era of contentious division.

Well narrated, this rendition provides audio travel-log and historical analogy in a fabulous epic-style overview of China’s amazing Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The refreshing style is almost politically agnostic addressing such difficult topics as ethnic cleansing and imperialism practices throughout history since the Roman Empire with technology updates of our nearly Sci-fi current communications technologies. — Have an Atlas at the ready, or a map-app, to fully enjoy the first hand travel-stories of the author cris-crossing several continents.

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  • G
  • 12-06-21

Excellent overview of BRI!!

Not fully familiar w/ the geography… Required maximum imagination and much googling! A read well worthwhile!!!!

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  • John DR
  • 14-02-21

Pretty Good

This book focuses very much on the economic side of China’s international relations. As Chinese relationships in one country are quite similar to other countries, some chapters seemed repetitive but it was just due to the nature of the situation.