China's spectacular rise over the past three decades is nothing short of monumental, and is one of the most important events in modern history. Its economic growth affects nations around the world, environmentally, politically and militarily. In By All Means Necessary, Elizabeth Economy and Michael Levi explore the unrivaled expansion of the Chinese economy and what has been required to sustain this meteoric growth. In the past twenty five years China has transformed from an impoverished country where peasants comprised the largest portion of the populace, by far, to a country of innovation, entrepreneurs and more millionaires than anywhere else in the world.
In the beginning, that growth was fueled by internal resources, but like every other major power in modern history China was forced to look outward to find the massive quantities of resources needed to maintain their economic expansion. It is now engaged in a far flung quest around the world for fuel, water, and land for farming, while their military secures sea lanes and focuses on advanced military technologies to protect their interests abroad. Clear, authoritative, and provocative, By All Means Necessary is a comprehensive account of where China's pursuit of raw materials may take them in the coming years-a crucial issue, not just for China, but for the whole world.
Chapter 1 Going Global
Chapter 2 Driving Demand
Chapter 3 The Dirty Business of Mining
Chapter 4 Fueling Growth: The Politics of Energy
Chapter 5 The Thirst for Water
Chapter 6 Feeding China: the Hunt for Land
Chapter 7 Beyond the Developing World
Chapter 8 The Security Imperative
Chapter 9 Conclusion
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Elizabeth C. Economy is the C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director of Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. An expert on Chinese domestic and foreign policy, her most recent book was The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China's Future.
Michael Levi is the David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change at Council on Foreign Relations. An expert on the global politics and economics of energy, resources, and the environment, his most recent book was The Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity, and the Battle for America's Future.