Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn To borrow from Rudyard Kipling, what do they know of China who only China know? While The Wire’s books column has mostly highlighted new books about the People’s Republic itself, this month’s edition takes a slightly different tack — focusing on China’s relations with countries around its border. This decade will define the alliances and strategies that Asian nations form to deal with — or profit from — China’s growing clout, and having a good understanding of those regional relationships is essential for anyone outside looking to understand contemporary Asia, or do business in it. Our top pick covers a litany of Southeast Asian nations, while the shortlist encompasses India, Japan, and the Belt and Road Initiative. All highlight China’s challenge of negotiating relations with its neighbors in an era of rising mistrust. The One to Read In the Dragon’s Shadow: Southeast Asia in the Chinese Century by Sebastian Strangio One of the most notable exSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.