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China’s Rise and the Eurasian Transportation Revolution

  • John W. Garver
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Asia-Pacific Political Economy book series (PASTAPPE)

Abstract

China is now applying powerful railway and highway technology to its project of conquering the tyranny of distance and tough terrain that had historically trapped its great dynastic states in East Asia. In consequence, the extent of a rejuvenated China’s influence is likely to stretch into regions of Eurasia, especially the South Asia–Indian Ocean region, far beyond imperial China’s traditional sphere. The impact of this on China’s neighbors will be significant, both drawing them into China’s economic and political orbit and causing them to seek means of countering or balancing China’s growing influence. India, once protected by the aforementioned tyranny of distance, will feel China’s growing influence in two contradictory ways: apprehension over China’s “creeping encirclement” and an effort to harness China’s economic growth in order to accelerate its own development.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John W. Garver
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  1. 1.Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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