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BOOK REVIEW: Life next to a rising superpower

With evocative photos, thoughtful travel musings and manageable doses of past and recent political history, ‘China at its Limits’ is an aesthetically-pleasing and intriguing look at China’s relations with its neighbors that carries more of a personal touch than one might expect for such a topic

By Han Cheung  /  Staff Reporter

In line with the theme of the book, more space is dedicated to a section on the borderland between Xiamen and Kinmen, a place where bombs still fell regularly from China up until 1978. It’s a poignant vignette of life on a sleepy island where life has been nothing but extraordinary due to its strategic location, with a population that have often felt like “second-class citizens on a minor island of a marginalized country.”

While this review focuses on the book’s treatment of Taiwan, don’t pick it up just because Taiwan is mentioned in it. China at its Limits is a rare, comprehensive picture of China’s peripheries that will provide a fuller understanding of the rise of China, a pressing topic that anyone with an interest in the region should brush up on, not to mention that the authors have put great effort into making it also an entertaining read.

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