China Unbound

China Unbound

A New World Disorder

Written by: Chiu, Joanna

While the United States stumbles, an award-winning foreign correspondent chronicles China’s dramatic moves to become a dominant power.

As the world’s second-largest economy, China is extending its influence across the globe with the complicity of democratic nations. Joanna Chiu has spent a decade tracking China’s propulsive rise, from the political aspects of the multi-billion-dollar “New Silk Road” global investment project to a growing sway on foreign countries and multilateral institutions through “United Front” efforts. Chiu offers readers background on the protests in Hong Kong, underground churches in Beijing, and exile Uyghur communities in Turkey, and exposes Beijing’s high-tech surveillance and aggressive measures that result in human rights violations against those who challenge its power. The new world disorder documented in China Unbound lays out the disturbing implications for global stability, prosperity, and civil rights everywhere. 

While the United States stumbles, an award-winning foreign correspondent chronicles China’s dramatic moves to become a dominant power.

As the world’s second-largest economy, China is extending its influence across the globe with the complicity of democratic nations. Joanna Chiu has spent a decade tracking China’s propulsive rise, from the political aspects of the multi-billion-dollar “New Silk Road” global investment project to a growing sway on foreign countries and multilateral institutions through “United Front” efforts. Chiu offers readers background on the protests in Hong Kong, underground churches in Beijing, and exile Uyghur communities in Turkey, and exposes Beijing’s high-tech surveillance and aggressive measures that result in human rights violations against those who challenge its power. The new world disorder documented in China Unbound lays out the disturbing implications for global stability, prosperity, and civil rights everywhere. 

Published By House of Anansi Press Inc — Sep 28, 2021
Specifications 304 pages | 5.5 in x 8.5 in
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JOANNA CHIU is an internationally recognized authority on China, whose work has appeared in the Guardian, Foreign Policy, BBC World, The Atlantic, Newsweek, Quartz, Al Jazeera, GlobalPost, CBC, and NPR. For seven years she was based in China as a foreign correspondent, reporting for top news agencies such as Agence France Presse (AFP) and Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA), and in Hong Kong, she reported for the South China Morning Post, The Economist, and Associated Press (AP). In 2012 her story on refugees in Hong Kong won a Human Rights Press Award, and in 2018 her report on #MeToo cases in Asia was named one of the best Foreign Policy long-form stories. She is the founder and chair of the NüVoices editorial collective, which celebrates the creative and academic work of women working on the subject of China. She is currently a senior journalist covering China-related topicsfor the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper, and has previously served as bureau chief of the Star Vancouver. She speaks frequently at major events and conferences.

Doggedly reported and fiercely argued, this cri de coeur offers essential insight into Beijing’s “aims and activities.”

” —Publishers Weekly

China Unbound reveals Chiu to be an intrepid reporter and cogent analyst of Chinese politics and society … She has produced a valuable contribution to public debate, illuminating the enigmatic Chinese state which is characterized by repression at home and an ambitious agenda abroad.

” —Winnipeg Free Press

PRAISE FOR JOANNA CHIU AND CHINA UNBOUND

China Unbound reveals Chiu to be an intrepid reporter and cogent analyst of Chinese politics and society … She has produced a valuable contribution to public debate, illuminating the enigmatic Chinese state which is characterized by repression at home and an ambitious agenda abroad.” — Winnipeg Free Press

“Doggedly reported and fiercely argued, this cri de coeur offers essential insight into Beijing’s ‘aims and activities.’” — Publishers Weekly

“Drawing on a decade of professional experience, Joanna Chiu offers a passionate and powerful account of the challenges we face in dealing with China today — challenges rooted in the West as much as those born in Beijing. A critical voice we need to hear.” — Timothy Cheek, Institute of Asian Research, the University of British Columbia, and author of Living With Reform: China Since 1989

“In this thought-provoking book, journalist Joanna Chiu argues persuasively that the United States, Canada, and other democracies ¾ whether out of economic self-interest or sheer ineptitude ¾ have enabled Beijing’s efforts to expand its influence around the world. China Unbound is a sweeping, timely, and nuanced read for anyone who cares about the global rise of authoritarianism.” — Leta Hong Fincher, author of Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China

“A devastating analysis of the Chinese police state gone global. Beijing is now leaping over national borders to surveil and punish anyone who threatens its ambitions. Chiu’s book is essential to understanding the fragility of peace in the twenty-first century.” — Jan Wong, author of Red China Blues: My Long March from Mao to Now

“By taking the China story global, Chiu shows how an increasingly powerful China is challenging not only our economies, but our institutions, our principles, and our communities. Reporting from the frontlines of China’s influence operations from Australia, Canada, and the United States to Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Russia, Chiu reveals embattled diasporas and critics under pressure as hypocrisy runs rampant in business and government, and a new world order begins to form. China Unbound is a vital, illuminating read.” — Madeleine O’Dea, author of The Phoenix Years: Art, Resistance, and the Making of Modern China

China Unbound gives an eye-opening global tour of the growing influence of the new superpower. A fascinating, illuminating book.” — Rob Gifford, Senior Editor, The Economist 

“A timely and fascinating book looking at China’s rise and the impacts on the current global order. A very needed endeavour at a time of fast geopolitical changes with smart analysis and engaging writing.” — Karoline Kan, author of Under Red Skies: Three Generations of Life, Loss, and Hope in China, and reporter, Bloomberg

“A vivid, perspicacious and ultimately disillusioned book about the current direction of China. This is the deeply informed account of a talented reporter from a middle power, Canada; one that explores a rising China’s fitful relations with a wide range of countries, and reveals what’s left of its domestic reforms as being driven by an obsession with ever greater control. China Unbound delivers, at the same time, an urgent and much-needed caution against xenophobia toward Chinese people at a time of growing tensions with a new superpower.” — Howard W. French, Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and author of Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War

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