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CHL’s Emeritus Professor Peter J. Rimmer has, for long, held a keen interest in the extent of China’s influence, which is truly global in nature. Fascinated by the journey of China’s logistics through the ages, Professor Rimmer has recently published his latest book, China’s Global Vision and Actions. His new work provides an insightful exploration of the growing role that China holds on the global stage by gauging the varying reactions of international spectators to Beijing’s majorly significant Belt and Road Initiative. Effectively, the focus and central theme of the book is geologistics.
Featuring detailed studies of key geologistical projects, Professor Rimmer charts the swift transformation of China’s domestic logistics systems into a global geologistics policy. Analyses of major international logistical projects, from the Great Stone Industrial Park of Belarus, through the ports of Gwadar, Piraeus, Darwin and Sabetta to the Nicaragua Canal, illustrate the global impact of China’s geologistical developments and how key logistics skills are exported through the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. This book distils China’s global logistics developments into three basic models – the transcontinental, the reverse and the classic – to reflect upon the effects of the first five years of the Belt and Road Initiative.
Laced with detailed empirical studies and an array of illustrative maps, Professor Rimmer assesses the domestic impact of the Initiative thus far, and offers an astute appraisal of the imperial connotations of Beijing’s global logistical project.
According to Professor Rimmer, China is investing in universal connections, which has enabled it to spread its wings of influence so smoothly. “They have the skills, and they are exporting them very effectively.” And in this lies their power.
China’s Global Vision and Actions is being recognised by critics and readers as one that offers crucial insights for academics and researchers in political science, transport studies and economics investigating China’s recent policy initiatives, particularly those who examine the impact of geologistics. Policymakers and commentators will also benefit from the unique empirical insight into global logistics development that this published work showcases.
Professor Rimmer has also shared his analysis and insights on the Elgar blog.
Professor Peter J Rimmer is an economic and human geographer who specialises in urban and regional development within the Asian-Pacific Rim, with a particular emphasis on the role of communications and transport (road, rail, sea and air). He has undertaken extensive research work in China, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
He has completed an economic history of Southeast Asia with Professor Howard Dick (University of Melbourne), which examined the impact of technological change on city systems and systems of cities within Southeast Asia since 1850. They have also collaborated on a second text on rethinking the city in Southeast Asia, which explores ways of moving beyond the outmoded paradigm of the Third World City by examining patterns, processes and policy.
When he arrived at the Australian National University in 1966, Professor Rimmer’s area of work was research on Papua New Guinea. However, he evolved to centre his research work in Asia and the transport and movement of people and goods in this region. Up until the mid-1970s Professor Rimmer concentrated on Southeast Asia, but following a visit from an academic from the Asian Research Institute in Japan, Professor Rimmer started to take an increasingly keen interest in Japan as well. After he retired, he included Korea in the mix, where he went to convene a course in global and local logistics at Inha University in Incheon. This course was the first of its kind in Korea.
Professor Rimmer’s next book is already in the works. Titled Configuring Consumption, which is being co-authored by Booi Kam from RMIT, Melbourne. The book will be focused on how products manufactured on demand will reshape the face of supply chain operations.