By All Means Necessary: How China's Resource Quest is Changing the World


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In the past thirty years, China has transformed from an impoverished country where peasants comprised the largest
portion of the populace to an economic power with an expanding middle class and more megacities than anywhere else on
earth. This remarkable transformation has required, and will continue to demand, massive quantities of resources. Like
every other major power in modern history, China is looking outward to find them.

In By All Means Necessary, Elizabeth C. Economy and Michael Levi explore the unrivaled expansion of the Chinese economy
and the global effects of its meteoric growth. China is now engaged in a far-flung quest, hunting around the world for
fuel, ores, water, and land for farming, and deploying whatever it needs in the economic, political, and military
spheres to secure the resources it requires. Chinese traders and investors buy commodities, with consequences for
economies, people, and the environment around the world. Meanwhile the Chinese military aspires to secure sea lanes, and
Chinese diplomats struggle to protect the country's interests abroad. And just as surely as China's pursuit of natural
resources is changing the world--restructuring markets, pushing up commodity prices, transforming resource-rich
economies through investment and trade--it is also changing China itself. As Chinese corporations increasingly venture
abroad, they must navigate various political regimes, participate in international markets, and adopt foreign standards
and practices, which can lead to wide-reaching social and political ramifications at home.

Clear, authoritative, and provocative, By All Means Necessary is a sweeping account of where China's pursuit of raw
materials may take the country in the coming years and what the consequences will be--not just for China, but for the
whole world.

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