China and the Islamic World: How the New Silk Road is Transforming Global Politics

ISBN : 9780190915285

Robert R. Bianchi
304 ページ
156 x 235 mm

China is building a New Silk Road that runs through the heartland of the Muslim world, promising it will create integrated economies and stronger ties across Eurasia and Africa. Robert R. Bianchi argues that while China has the financial and technical resources to accomplish its infrastructure goals, it is woefully unprepared to deal with the social and political demands of its partner countries' citizens. China and the Islamic World explores how China's leaders and citizens are learning-through their relationships with Pakistan, Turkey, Indonesia, Iran, Nigeria and Egypt-that they have to respect and adjust to the aspirations of ordinary people throughout the Islamic world, not just cater to the narrow band of government and business elites. Bianchi demonstrates that turbulent countries along the New Silk Road are likely to transform Chinese society at least as much as China changes them. This realization will be deeply unsettling for China's authoritarian rulers, who desperately want to monopolize power domestically. The party and state bosses have responded to challenges with a contradictory blend of flexibility abroad and rigidity at home, compromising with popular demands in one country after another while refusing to negotiate many of the same issues with their own citizens. This book shows how China faces a growing struggle to maintain their double-sided statecraft as it becomes apparent that the New Silk Road is not a one way street.


List of Tables
List of Figures
Chapter 1: What Is New About the New Silk Road?
Chapter 2: Megaregions and Coevolution in World Politics
Chapter 3: Pakistan: Deep Democracy and Shallow Strategy
Chapter 4: Turkey: Competing Partner
Chapter 5: Indonesia: Inherent Weakness and Increasing Leverage
Chapter 6: Iran: The Great Divider
Chapter 7: Nigeria: A Shaky Bridge
Chapter 8: Egypt: Weighing the Tolls
Chapter 9: Islam and the Opening of the Chinese Mind
Chapter 10: Learning Abroad, Evading at Home
Chapter 11: The Bitter and the Sweet
Selected Bibliography


Robert R. Bianchi is a political scientist and international lawyer who has lived and worked in China and the Islamic world for nearly two decades. He earned his Ph.D. and law degree at the University of Chicago, where he also served on the faculty of the political science department and the law school. He is a former Peace Corps volunteer, a three time Fulbright-Hays grantee, and a recipient of the Albert Hourani Book Prize.