As China hunts for natural resources and leverages its position as the world’s banker, Chinese firms are leaving heavy social and environmental footprints in many parts of the world. From the iron ore mines of Perú to illegal logging camps in the Siberian forests to a giant dam in Sudan, Juan Pablo Cardenal discusses in a talk at the FCC club lunch, on April 11, 2013, how China is changing the developing world.
He tells stories he and co-author Heriberto Araujo had gathered in 25 countries during over two years of research for their recently published book “China’s Silent Army: The Pioneers, Traders, Fixers and Workers Who Are Remaking the World in Beijing’s Image” . He shares his views on how China is silently conquering the developing world, the reasons behind China’s internationalization, the impact of Chinese money, and who is really benefiting from all of this.
Juan Pablo Cardenal is a Spanish journalist that has been Asia-based since 2003, first as the Shanghai correspondent for Spain’s daily ‘El Mundo’ and later in Singapore and Beijing for Spain’s economic daily ‘El Economista’. During these years he has mainly covered China’s economic and social developments and has travelled extensively in the region. Since 2009 he has travelled to 40 countries in both the West and the developing world to look into how is China becoming a global power and the impact of it at local level. The result of such a field research materialized in the book ‘China’s Silent Army’, and in a current book (on China’s approach to the West) that is now in progress.