The rise of China preoccupies the global media, which regularly carry articles suggesting that it is using its financial resources to ‘buy the world’. Is there any truth to this idea? Or is this just scaremongering by Western commentators who have little interest in a balanced presentation of China’s role in the global political economy? Kent Deng recommends Is China Buying the World? for its breath-taking depth into the very heart of the global economic system that we currently live in. Is China Buying the World? Peter Nolan. Polity Press. May 2012.