While the PRC’s economic development and geopolitical ambitions attract much public interest, a related issue receives far less attention: What does China’s rise mean for its immediate neighbours? What are the effects of China’s rise on the lifestyles and micro-economies of communities living along its borders? These are the questions I addressed in my project Neighbouring China: Old Connections, New Dynamics (2011-2015).
Taking stock of the findings of this project, I present cases from Central Asia, the Himalayas and the Southeast Asian Massiv. These cases reveal much common history, yet they also show considerable variety I suggest two concepts – pathways and cartographic anxieties – as analytical dimensions to make sense of the commonalities and differences in which neighbouring China is experienced and practiced in different along China's 22,000km of land borders.
A recording of this talk can be found here.