By All Means Necessary: How Chinas Resource Quest is Changing the World

Paperback | May 12, 2015

byElizabeth C. Economy, Michael Levi

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In the past thirty years, China has transformed from an impoverished country where peasants comprised the largest portion of the populace to an economic power with an expanding middle class and more megacities than anywhere else on earth. This remarkable transformation has required, and willcontinue to demand, massive quantities of resources. Like every other major power in modern history, China is looking outward to find them.In By All Means Necessary, Elizabeth C. Economy and Michael Levi explore the unrivaled expansion of the Chinese economy and the global effects of its meteoric growth. China is now engaged in a far-flung quest, hunting around the world for fuel, ores, water, and land for farming, and deployingwhatever it needs in the economic, political, and military spheres to secure the resources it requires. Chinese traders and investors buy commodities, with consequences for economies, people, and the environment around the world. Meanwhile the Chinese military aspires to secure sea lanes, andChinese diplomats struggle to protect the country's interests abroad. And just as surely as China's pursuit of natural resources is changing the world - restructuring markets, pushing up commodity prices, transforming resource-rich economies through investment and trade - it is also changing Chinaitself. As Chinese corporations increasingly venture abroad, they must navigate various political regimes, participate in international markets, and adopt foreign standards and practices, which can lead to wide-reaching social and political ramifications at home.Clear, authoritative, and provocative, By All Means Necessary is a sweeping account of where China's pursuit of raw materials may take the country in the coming years and what the consequences will be - not just for China, but for the whole world.

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In the past thirty years, China has transformed from an impoverished country where peasants comprised the largest portion of the populace to an economic power with an expanding middle class and more megacities than anywhere else on earth. This remarkable transformation has required, and willcontinue to demand, massive quantities of res...

Elizabeth C. Economy is the C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director of Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. An expert on Chinese domestic and foreign policy, her most recent book was The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China's Future. Michael Levi is the David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow and Director of the...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:May 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Introduction2. From Tribute to Treaty Port to Global Trade3. China Emerges4. China Goes Out5. China Arrives6. Growing Good Governance7. Beyond the Developing World8. Security and Politics in China's Backyard9. Security and Politics Abroad10. Resource Strategy in a Changing World

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"If we are to intelligently manage China's resurgence, there are few areas more deserving of our attention than China's voracious global appetite for natural resources. In this well-written and insightful new study the authors vividly limn how China's restless quest for rejuvenation issimultaneously upsetting the old world order and demanding that the other countries develop new ways of understanding and interacting with it. For anyone wishing to come to terms with this aspect of China's rise, and the policy choices it raises for countries like the US, this is the go-to read." --Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director, The Center on US-China Relations, Asia Society