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With original and fresh reporting, China's Silent Army is a revealing piece of investigative journalism into the unknown extent of China's global power by two leading Beijing-based journalists, Juan Pablo Cardenal and Heriberto Araújo.
From 2009-2011 the authors travelled the globe to investigate how the Chinese are literally making the developing world in their own image. What they discovered is a human story, an economic story, and a political story, one that is changing the course of history and that has never been explored, or reported, in depth and on the ground. The “silent army” to which the authors refer is made up of the many ordinary Chinese citizens working around the world - in the oil industry in Kazakhstan, mining minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo, building dams in Ecuador, selling hijabs in Cairo - who are contributing to China's global dominance while also leaving their mark in less salutary ways.
“The amount of reporting that went into China’s Silent Army is truly impressive. It is the sympathetic accounts of ordinary emigrants’ experiences that provide the backdrop for the real insights of the book.” – Financial Times
“The Spaniards' research is prodigious and the facts they unearth startling....The Chinese should reflect on the questions the book raises. To put it mildly, there appears to be a case to answer.” – Evening Standard
“Excellent macro-economic insights….But ultimately the human stories are what make [China’s Silent Army] so compelling….It ought to be required reading.”
“Lively and humane….[China's Silent Army] offers essential information for all who wish to learn how the global reach of China Inc is transforming the lives of everyone on this planet.” – Literary Review