publication . Article . Other literature type . 2019

Not a Silk Road: trading networks between China and the Middle East as a dynamic interaction of competing Eurasian geographies

Anderson, Paul;
  • Published: 17 Sep 2019
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
  • Country: United Kingdom
This paper offers a different theorisation of the commercial geographies and economic networks that connect China to the Middle East from those associated with the metaphor of the ‘silk road’. Many accounts of the recent and ongoing internationalisation of the Chinese trade in small commodities through the well-known market city of Yiwu describe the increasingly significant flows of commerce between China and the Middle East in these terms. The paper proposes an alternative theoretical frame, arguing that the commercial geographies fashioned by Arab traders in Yiwu are, rather, formed through a dynamic relation of competition and cooperation between a series of ...
free text keywords: General Social Sciences, Social science, Sociology, Economy, Middle East, SILK, China
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Trust, Global Traders, and Commodities in a Chinese International City
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 669132
  • Funding stream: H2020 | ERC | ERC-ADG
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