Elizabeth C. Economy目前為美國對外關係委員會高級研究員及亞洲研究中心主任，專長為中美關係及環境政策。著有《一江黑水：中國未來的環境挑戰》(The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China’s Future)；Michael Levi，美國對外關係委員會能源與環境問題研究員，研究領域為能源政策及氣候變化，曾在美國科學家聯盟擔任戰略安全項目主任，著有《The Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity, and the Battle for America’s Future》。
In the past thirty years, China has transformed from an impoverished country where peasants comprised the largest portion of the populace to an economic power with an expanding middle class and more megacities than anywhere else on earth. This remarkable transformation has required, and will continue to demand, massive quantities of resources. Like every other major power in modern history, China is looking outward to find them.
In By All Means Necessary, Elizabeth C. Economy and Michael Levi explore the unrivaled expansion of the Chinese economy and the global effects of its meteoric growth. China is now engaged in a far-flung quest, hunting around the world for fuel, ores, water, and land for farming, and deploying whatever it needs in the economic, political, and military spheres to secure the resources it requires. Chinese traders and investors buy commodities, with consequences for economies, people, and the environment around the world. Meanwhile the Chinese military aspires to secure sea lanes, and Chinese diplomats struggle to protect the country's interests abroad. And just as surely as China's pursuit of natural resources is changing the world―restructuring markets, pushing up commodity prices, transforming resource-rich economies through investment and trade―it is also changing China itself. As Chinese corporations increasingly venture abroad, they must navigate various political regimes, participate in international markets, and adopt foreign standards and practices, which can lead to wide-reaching social and political ramifications at home.
Clear, authoritative, and provocative, By All Means Necessary is a sweeping account of where China's pursuit of raw materials may take the country in the coming years and what the consequences will be―not just for China, but for the whole world.