China's Silent Army: The Pioneers, Traders, Fixers and Workers Who Are Remaking the World in Beijing's Image
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China's Silent Army: The Pioneers, Traders, Fixers and Workers Who Are Remaking the World in Beijing's Image

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The first book to examine the unprecedented growth of China's economic investment in the developing world, its impact at the local level, and a rare hands-on picture of the role of ordinary Chinese in the juggernaut that is China, Inc.

Beijing-based journalists Juan Pablo Cardenal and Heriberto Araújo crisscrossed the globe from 2009-2011 to investigate how the Chinese are...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by Crown (first published October 20th 2011)
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China's Silent Army: The Pioneers, Traders, Fixers and Workers Who are Remaking the World in Beijing's Image, was put out two years ago in Spanish by Juan Pablo Cardenal and Heriberto Araujo both who are Spanish reporters with extensive experience in mainland China. Initially I was expecting a different view on China than the current American view, I later learned that China has bought a great deal of Spain's debt too.

Growing up in the mid 1960s and 1970s, I learned America feared two countries:...more
Dan Bell
I won this book as a Goodreads First Read.

China's Silent Army takes the reader on a worldwide tour of China's massive economic machine, exploring the impacts of the exportation of the "Beijing Consensus" around the globe. Drawing heavily on interviews with all parties and a "boots on the ground" approach, the authors thoroughly document the benefits and drawbacks of China's involvement around the globe.

I found the authors did a good job of presenting all sides when they could, realizing the ch...more
A take on how the Chinese trade with countries in the developing world. The story itself is cringeworthy, as is the way the story is told. "China's Silent Army" is focused on how the government of China, Chinese companies, and individuals from China are negotiating with, moving to, operating companies in, and pulling raw materials from other third world countries. There are a few areas of focus, including Chinese construction of infrastructure in partner countries, the mining industry, retail, a...more
Yves Gounin
Journalistes espagnols basés en Chine, Heriberto Araujo et Juan Pablo Cardenal ont publié fin 2011 La silenciosa conquesta china. Son titre espagnol est plus parlant que la plate traduction qu’en ont faite les éditions Flammarion. Son sous-titre en anglais est plus parlant encore : “The Pioneers, Traders, Fixers and Workers Who Are Remaking the World in Beijing's Image”. Car l’enquête des deux journalistes s’intéresse moins au siècle à venir qu’à ces Chinois éparpillés aux quatre coins de la pla...more
Many of my Chinese clients have construction projects overseas, in countries all across Asia, Central America and Africa so I was interested to read this study on Chinese working abroad. The book turned out to have a much larger scope than the title suggests. In the book the two authors argue that China has an unbeatable formula to secure its raw materials around the world. The deals are financed by Chinese sovereign funds and the China Development Bank (easy money); executed in countries with l...more
Peter Wibaux
Two Spanish journalists seem an unlikely team to write such a profound book on one of the great issues of today. However, what Cardenal and Araújo have pulled off is an extremely readable, accurate, and worrying piece of prose.

On and off, I have almost twenty years of China, going back and forth from Europe, and I've used some of that experience to develop scenes, characters, and situations in my new book Atmos Fear. From experience, China's Silent Army reads true from the start.

The most strikin...more
Natxo Cruz
Inquietant assaig que planteja un futur dominat per la Xina gràcies a una expansió econòmica imparable.
Segons els autors, una política molt agresiva de control dels recursos del planeta combinada amb una interpretació relaxada dels drets humans o de sensibilitat mediambiental fan que a mig termini el gegant asiàtic desplaci Occident del centre de poder econòmic mundial i, en aquest sentit, l'obertura de Xina al món no implicarà la seva occidentalització, sinó la exportació d'un model polític aut...more
This book highlights the changing of world power better than any other I have seen, and examines lesser known issues, such as the destruction of Russian forests. It examines China's recalcitrance on sanctions of Iran, which are now rendered pointless, reflecting China's new power status.

Definitely worth reading for a better understanding of global industry, you might wonder where the wood for your new furniture actually came from. The author's hands-on, rather than statistical approach, makes i...more
Da-Wang Wu
Highly recommend this book to everyone who cares about the economic invasion of developing countries by notorious China's government. They signed unequal treaties and robbed all natural resources by bribery of local governments and entrepreneurs. They neglected the negative impact on our environment and deprivation of people's lives just for power and profits. It's heartbreaking, but I believe everyone should read this great book written by two Spanish journalists and know how China's silent arm...more
Jair Avilés
Un libro que me hizo reflexionar sobre la forma que el país asiático esta convirtiéndose en la próxima potencia mundial. Si se asegura que el sistema político-financiero occidental esta caduco, el modelo de Pekin es preocupante para los que estamos interesados en convivir en una sociedad donde la justicia, los derechos humados y la igualdad sean universales.

De lo contrario, solo estaremos cambiando de dueño en un nuevo orden mundial oriental.

Lucy Hernandez
Una investigación sería y muy bien documentada. Preocupante la manera como China esta atropellando a los países tercer mundistas.
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It is a detailed review by two Spanish journalists of the way that China is extending its influence around the world while securing access to the natural resources that its economy needs to continue its growth. The book is an impressive feat of reporting, for the authors travelled to seemingly all corners of the earth to see how the Chinese have been doing business lately. The book does get a bit repetitive, in that the authors’ observations on Chinese bu...more
Scot McAtee
I really liked this book and found myself nodded in agreement at most of the tales within. There were some things I wasn't aware of, like the Russian forests being gobbled up and Malaysia and most of central Asia being sucked dry of their resources like a kid sucking down a root beer float, but many of the stories I'd heard before. This book put a little more of a personal face to the plight of the titular Chinese people who have spread across the globe, but the deeper I got into the book the mo...more
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