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Empires usually start off as road-building exercises. Which explains why, in Europe, everyone says that all roads lead to Rome.

The reason empires like to build such arteries is to pull in commodities cheaply to the heart of the empire, and push out, at minimal cost, higher value-added finished goods to the periphery.

With this analogy in mind, the world seems to

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Athan Tolis
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The underlying assumption behind this book (occasionally stated explicitly, as it is for example on the bottom of page 63) is that the Chinese government spends the whole time scheming like a James Bond villain, with the ultimate goal of world domination.

With not much exaggeration, I happen to think the Chinese communist party is chiefly made of people whose wives like Gucci and Prada and whose sons and daughters want to study in America and never come back, with only the hugest losers among
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Jordi Costa
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I highly respect and enjoy all of Gavekal's work and this is no different. An interesting and unique view into how geopolitical forces could shape the world's main currencies over the long term. I have yet to come across another book or report dealing with such wide scope in such few pages. I believe their main thesis, while outrageous to some, is highly plausible and likely. I don't agree with some of their sub theses (ex China will be a better bond market than equity market) which seem to be ...more
Pablo RV
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found it very interesting and enjoyable to read the book. It provides a very well-argumented framework to understand current events in geopolitics and financial markets. Notably, it addresses the clash between the U.S. and China empires in different fronts (trade, currency and technology) and focuses on the currency front. The U.S. has an enormous advantage because of having the dollar as global reserve currency. All central banks save mainly in dollars and this allows the U.S. to run huge ...more
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