• In the Dragon's Shadow

  • Southeast Asia in the Chinese Century
  • By: Sebastian Strangio
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (65 ratings)

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By: Sebastian Strangio
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
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A timely look at the impact of China's booming emergence on the countries of Southeast Asia.

Today, Southeast Asia stands uniquely exposed to the waxing power of the new China. Three of its nations border China, and five are directly impacted by its claims over the South China Sea. All dwell in the lengthening shadow of its influence: economic, political, military, and cultural. As China seeks to restore its former status as Asia's preeminent power, the countries of Southeast Asia face an increasingly stark choice: flourish within Beijing's orbit or languish outside of it. Meanwhile, as rival powers including the United States take concerted action to curb Chinese ambitions, the region has emerged as an arena of heated strategic competition.

Drawing on more than a decade of on-the-ground experience, Sebastian Strangio explores the impacts of China's rise on Southeast Asia, the varied ways in which the countries of the region are responding, and what it might mean for the future balance of power in the Indo-Pacific.

©2020 Sebastian Strangio (P)2020 Tantor
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Great book

This is an exceptionally thorough book about a region rarely written, even though a good deal of the worlds population resides within it. An in-depth look at South East Asian countries and their histories that is fascinating for anyone interested in relationships between China and the US. Sadly the performance of the narrator is woefully lacking. His inability to pronounce the names of cultures and people was frankly terrible and undermines what is a fantastic history book.

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Great summary

Great summary of SEA history and economic relations with China.

However the narrator’s pronunciation of names was poor. I found it distracting and sometimes embarrassing.

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Context for Asian Politics

This book provides great context for China’s relationship with its southern neighbors. The author provides a survey of each ASEAN members relations, interests, and recent past with China. I appreciate the details on how China is trying to leverage national ties with the ethnic Chinese who have lived in ASEAN countries for decades and even centuries.

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  • 10-11-22

Well researched and informative

Well researched and informative analysis of Chinese role and influence throughout Southeast Asia. High level of detail.

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  • 02-18-21

Great stuff.

Detailed, surprisingly impartial and any bias is offset by the huge quantity of information. As of writing this review still very up to date.

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  • Stephen Khalek
  • 09-28-22

The narrator is the biggest disservice to interesting content

An introductory understanding of political alignment and modern economic investment across each ASEAN country in relations to China. The subject matter is interesting but completely marred by the consistently incorrect pronunciation of most people and places