Martin Saxer and Juan Zhang, eds., The Art of Neighbouring: Making Relations Across China’s Borders. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2017.
Neighbors matter. At the transnational level, having bad neighbors can expose a state to higher levels of risk and insecurity—whether from political instability, civil war or interstate conflict in the neighboring state. Conversely, being surrounded by ‘good’ or peaceful neighbors could mean that a state stands to benefit from enhanced trade and market opportunities. Proximity clearly matters here, as neighbors are usually conceived of as being among the closest to you. But as this edited volume by Martin
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