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An examination of the complex web of Chinese operations dominating the Far East's booming economies is part economic analysis, part history, and part cautionary tale that encompasses murder, betrayal, corruption, and syndicates and features kingmakers, emperors, generals, spies, and pirates.
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On one level, this book is a lively version of Chinese history from 1100 B.C. to the present, through the screen of the dealings of its merchant class. On another level, it is an Arabian Nights tale of scandal, war, politics and, above all, money-making. "To be rich is good," runs an old Chinese proverb. On yet another level, it is a brilliant analysis of the enormous power wielded by a widely scattered group of 55 million Chinese merchants who live in self-imposed or government-ordered exile throughout Asia and, increasingly, in the U.S. and Canada. In the scramble of Western entrepreneurs for footholds in China's enormous markets, asserts Seagrave (The Soong Dynasty), this is the group to reckon with. They're already there. They have a hammerlock on commerce in nearly every country of the Pacific Rim. It is they who financed the current economic boom that has made China the third largest market in the world after the U.S. and Japan, and they who have the greatest stakes in which direction post-Deng China takes. To top off his engrossing account, Seagrave speculates on several possibilities including the breakaway of some southern regions, origin of most of the overseas Chinese, into independent countries. Seagrave has delivered an engrossing mercantile history and he looks forward, with a blend of apprehension and admiration, to the early 21st century, when China is expected to become the world's largest market and the Chinese to join the ranks of the world's most powerful producers.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Expatriate Chinese are a burgeoning juggernaut of 55 million people, earning about $450 billion per year. Ejected by China's convulsions over the centuries, they have collected chiefly in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Taiwan, despotic places where the premium for survival and success is greasing official palms. To untangle where legitimate commerce ends and shadowy trafficking begins, Seagrave steps forward with a series of colorful and gruesome stories that reach back to China's "ancient feud between money and power" for insight into the community's current customs in conducting capitalism. Facing capricious persecutions, they took a page from the book of Sun Tzu, the advocate of deception and indirection as superior to blunt confrontation. They also prized family and village ties, networks that still bind offshore Chinese, whose wheeler-dealer tycoons Seagrave portrays with a touch of world-weary panache. Popular with Sinophiles (Dragon Lady  and The Soong Dynasty ), Seagrave again snares readers with this well-arranged narrative. Gilbert Taylor
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