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Interview with Elizabeth C. Economy: By All Means Necessary: How China's Resource Quest Is Changing The World

Author: Elizabeth C. Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies
March 15, 2014
Forbes Online


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In an interview with Elizabeth Economy, C.V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, we discussed her new book, with Michael Levi, titled By All Means Necessary: How China's Resource Quest is Changing the World. By All Means Necessary debunks a number of myths surrounding China's resource quest, providing on-the-ground insights and clear and comprehensive analysis of precisely how China's need for minerals, land, oil and gas, and water is affecting the global economy, international security, and governance practices.

Rahim Kanani: What sparked your original interest in China, and how has that interest evolved over the years into a book about China's resource quest?

Once I began working at the Council on Foreign Relations, I took a deep dive into Chinese environmental issues and published a book on the topic in 2004, The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China's Future. From there it was a natural progression to thinking about China's resource use and its impact on the rest of the world. In addition, I was concerned that although we were all living through one of the great transformative processes of our time—the rise of China—we really didn't understand the implications of that rise. China's resource quest is the perfect lens through which to understand that larger question.

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