Juan Pablo Cardenal’s “China’s Silent Army” Gets Rave Reviews! (Part II)

Juan Pablo Cardenals “China’s Silent Army” gets rave reviews! Below you can read an edited extract from the book in the Telegraph, reviews from the Sunday Times and the Literary Review, and a comment from the Atlantic.This is the second part of “China’s Silent Army” reviews post. The first part can be read in our previous blog post…

Beijing-based journalists Juan Pablo Cardenal and Heriberto Araújo crisscrossed the globe from 2009-2011 to investigate how the Chinese are literally making the developing world in their own image. What they discovered is a human story, an economic story, and a political story, one that is changing the course of history and that has never been explored, or reported, in depth and on the ground. The “silent army” to which the authors refer is made up of the many ordinary Chinese citizens working around the world – in the oil industry in Kazakhstan, mining minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo, building dams in Ecuador, selling hijabs in Cairo – who are contributing to China’s global dominance while also leaving their mark in less salutary ways. With original and fresh reporting as well as top-notch writing, China’s Silent Army takes full advantage of the Spanish-speaking authors’ outsider experience to reveal China’s influence abroad in all its most vital implications – for foreign policy, trade, private business, and the environment.

“China’s Silent Army ” – The Telegraph Series, Feb 2013

“China’s Silent Army ” The Sunday Times Review, Feb 3, 2013

“China’s Silent Army ” – Literary Review, article written by Frank Dikötter, Dec 2012 – Jan 2013

“China’s Silent Army ” – The Atlantic Comment, March 27, 2013


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.

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