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China's Silent Army: The Pioneers, Traders, Fixers and Workers Who Are Remaking the World in Beijing's Image by [Cardenal, Juan Pablo, Heriberto Araújo]
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Powerful ... brilliant ... The book cuts to the political core (Michael Sheridan Sunday Times)

Lively and humane ... [China's Silent Army] offers essential information for all who wish to learn how the global reach of China Inc is transforming the lives of everyone on this planet (Frank Dikötter Literary Review)

Excellent macro-economic insights ... but ultimately the human stories are what make it so compelling ... China's Silent Army ought to be required reading for all EU bureaucrats (Prospect)

Engaging and sympathetic ... Fascinating and vivid (Spectator)

[Cardenal and Araujo's] research is prodigious and the facts they unearth startling. In their investigation into Chinese business habits they visited 25 countries, from Siberia to South America via South-East Asia, Africa and the Middle East ... the Chinese should reflect on the questions the book raises. To put it mildly, there appears to be a case to answer (George Walden Evening Standard)

About the Author

Juan Pablo Cardenal has been reporting from and about China and the Asia-Pacific region since 2003 - first as Shanghai correspondent for El Mundo, and later from Singapore and Beijing for El Economista. He is currently based in Hong Kong.

Heriberto Araújo arrived to Beijing in early 2007, initially working for the AFP agency as Spanish correspondent in Beijing, and then as a freelance reporter for both French and Spanish media.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11698 KB
  • Print Length: 357 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1846145392
  • Publisher: Penguin (31 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ADNPBGM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #388,534 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An excellent account of how China is conquering the world commercially, economically and politically through emigration and exploitation. The speed of this phenomina is astounding. A MUST read for any serious student of geopolitics.
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The authors have put an enormous amount of effort into this book, but they highlight the negative aspects of China's involvement, especially in Africa. There is inadequate or little mention of the benefits, which are many. The economy of many African countries are growing significantly for the first time; life expectancy is increasing etc. The African leaders say they want trade, not aid. The Chinese are bringing trade and are first building the essentials for this to take place. i.e. infrastructure, roads, railways. It has been said that China is the first power to come to Africa, without enslaving, conquering or preaching. Africa is still poor after 300 years of Western involvement, only now are the economies growing at a significant rate with Chinese trade. .
Some of the information about China itself is inaccurate or already out of date, e.g. there is no welfare state. There is, although at the moment not as good as in developed countries. They seem to give credit entirely to the individual incredibly hard working Chinese worker and little to the Chinese government; which is rather like giving the credit of Manchester United's success to the players, without mentioning the manager, Alex Ferguson. Altogether a well written, but unbalanced account of the Chinese involvement in developing countries.
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Tremendous book. A huge amount of on the ground research, by journalists, which makes the style fresh and accessible. At times I wished for some data tables and summaries; but to be fair, the writers are not academics. This is the best really up-to-date book I have read on China's expansion into the whole world. ( And I read a lot about China, and travel there regularly ) Read it !
I then read The Emperor is Far Away, David Eimer. That book is also excellent and deals with China's ethnic minorities. How China views and treats its ethnic minorities is a mirror of China's approach to any other country.
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This is a very enlightening book about the new world order. Full of key facts, anecdotes and amazing stats. buy it!
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I need to re-read this after I have finished the other book on the same subject "China Goes Global". It is highly readable, and the translation from theSpanish faultless. A frightening picture bearing out some of the fears of this particular minor "China watcher" since first backpack foray into the country in 1986. If you are interested in China, read this book for one side of a great divide of opinion but also an opposing view to balance it.
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Bought this book for my husband who is quite interested in the history of the slave trade across all ethnic backgrounds. He found this book to be fascinating, well-written and contemporary. It's one of his favourite books.
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This is a fascinating look at the role of China in the world today - it is also a very disturbing one. The two writers have clearly spent a great deal of time investigating the subject, which should be required reading for anyone interested in the dynamics of international power realtionships. The writing is not great (the translator's fault, perhaps?) but the subject is so important that it's worth persevering.
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An outstanding work that I believe is unique in describing the export of Chinese workers and shops around the world as a definite program of the Chinese government. Living in Spain one sees this program in effective action and growing.
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