Empire and emporium

Bill Hayton on how China’s future is being shaped by deference and trade

The World Today Updated 24 November 2020 Published 1 June 2017 4 minute READ

Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power
Howard French, Alfred A Knopf, £20.00

China’s Asian Dream: Empire Building along the New Silk Road
Tom Miller, Zed Books, £14.99


From Spain and Turkey and Ethiopia and Fiji they came: heads of government from a couple of dozen countries and senior officials from dozens more. They made the pilgrimage to Beijing for China’s Belt and Road Forum held on May 14 and 15 − and a slice of the billions of dollars in infrastructure spending it offered.

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