||Foreword / Kurt M. Campbell -- Part I. Background and History. China and the Developing World : A New Global Dynamic / Joshua Eisenman and Eric Heginbotham -- Expanding the "Strategic Periphery" : A History of China's Interaction with the Developing World / Derek J. Mitchell -- Part II. Regional Profiles. China's Strategy in Southeast Asia / Eric Heginbotham -- China's Strategy in Central Asia / Raffaello Pantucci and Matthew Oresman -- China's Strategy in South Asia / Jeff M. Smith -- China's Strategy in Africa / Joshua Eisenman and David H. Shinn -- China's Strategy in the Middle East and the Arab World / Sarah Kaiser-Cross and Yufeng Mao -- China's Strategy in Latin America and the Caribbean / R. Evan Ellis -- Part III. Conclusion. China's Evolving Power, Position, and Influence in the Developing World / Joshua Eisenman and Eric Heginbotham -- Appendix I. Data. Trade Statistics : Regional (billions $) -- Trade Statistics : Top Five Trade Partners per Region (billions $) -- China's Oil Imports by Region (millions) -- Top Ten Oil Exporters to China as of 2016 (millions) -- China's Natural Gas Imports by Region (millions) -- Top Ten Natural Gas Exporters to China as of 2016 (millions) -- Appendix II. Relevant Official White Papers Issued under the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, November 2012-October 2017. January 2017 : China's Policies on Asia--Pacific Security Cooperation -- December 2016 : The Right to Development : China's Philosophy, Practice, and Contribution -- November 2016 : China's Policy Paper on Latin America and the Caribbean -- January 2016 : China's Arab Policy Paper -- May 2015 : China's Military Strategy -- December 2015 : China's Second Africa Policy Paper -- July 2014 : China's Foreign Aid -- August 2013 : China--Africa Economic and Trade Cooperation.