Name of the Book Zenel Garcia. 2021. China’s Western Frontier and Eurasia: The Politics of State and Region-Building (New York: Routledge) What’s the argument? The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) originated in provincial-level efforts that sought to simultaneously integrate interior and frontier provinces to the rest of China as well as neighboring countries during the 1990s. In fact, the six overland corridors that make up the BRI are a product of these early efforts. For example, Xinjiang’s “double-opening” strategy during the 1990s set the foundations for three of the current BRI...

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