China and the Islamic World

China is building a New Silk Road that runs through the heartland of the Muslim world, promising it will create integrated economies and stronger ties across Eurasia and Africa. Robert R. Bianchi argues that while China has the financial and technical resources to accomplish its infrastructure goals, it is woefully unprepared to deal with the social and political demands of its partner countries’ citizens.
China’s leaders have responded to these challenges with a contradictory blend of flexibility abroad and rigidity at home, compromising with popular demands in one country after another while refusing to negotiate many of the same issues with their own citizens. This book shows that the New Silk Road is not a one way street.


“A unique, imaginative overview of contemporary China’s evolving relations with the Islamic world. This comprehensive study is packed with up-to-date data. It has the great virtue of being lively, engaging, and at times provocative, but always remaining informative — Kerry Brown, King’s College London

“Robert Bianchi’s latest work is a very well-researched account of China’s Belt Road Initiative in the Islamic world. Charting a steady distance from both the exaggerated rhetoric of Chinese hegemony and the panglossian flourish of a ‘win-wing,’ he documents the multi-sided vulnerabilities and risks involved in every single engagement.” — Prasenjit Duara, Duke University

“Robert Bianchi’s highly informed account based upon sources ranging from historical scholarship to contemporary news commentaries reveals China’s economic and political relations to a number of Islamic countries, each marked by its own features that together form strands of a new world regional space he calls Afro-Eurasia. This is a valuable work on what globalization means when connections among non-Western world regions are remaking the world we all live in.” — R. Bin Wong, UCLA

“a must-read for the students, scholars, and policy makers who want to know more about the multipronged and multifaceted nature of China’s engagement with the Muslim world.” — Manochehr Dorraj, Texas Christian University, Middle East Journal

” Different from most Chinese scholars’ research on inter-state relations, Bianchi touches down upon the BRI’s impact on ordinary people…The initiative is, by nature, a global economic blueprint…Yet, it is hard for leaders in Beijing to transform the world without turning their own society upside down in the process. “China’s statecraft is struggling with a split personality—daring and imaginative in foreign relations, but timid and paralyzed in domestic governance.” — Sun Degang, Fudan University, Journal of Islamic Studies


2019-08-04 09:34 对外传播 2019年6期 关键词:穆斯林倡议伊斯兰

作者罗伯特·比安奇(Robert R. Bianchi),美国芝加哥大学法学院教授,主要研究方向是中国与穆斯林世界。2006年至2009年,牵头创办南京大学—约翰·霍普金斯大学中美文化研究中心国际法硕士项目。2011年至2014年,在新加坡国立大学成立中东研究协会。2015年成为上海外国语大学中东研究所富布莱特高级访问学者。





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