Podcast: Will China Achieve Its Asian Dream?

Podcast: Will China Achieve Its Asian Dream?

A general view of the "Colombo Port City" construction site, which is backed by Chinese investment, is seen in Colombo, Sri Lanka, August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
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Most have heard of Xi Jinping’s Chinese Dream, but what is the Asian dream? In China's Asian Dream: Empire Building Along the New Silk Road, the editor of China Economic Quarterly Tom Miller suggests that it is nothing short of regional dominance. Miller takes us on a journey that examines China’s growing investment footprint in the region—from building bridges in Cambodia to establishing ports in Sri Lanka. China has expanded its influence but also encountered numerous political and economic challenges in the process. Miller also underscores the role of others in the region—warning readers not to ignore the importance of India and Japan. Is China likely to succeed in realizing its Asian dream? Listen to this week’s Asia Unbound podcast to find out.

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Elizabeth C. Economy

C. V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies