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China Goes Global: The Partial Power

February 19, 2013 // 2:00pm3:30pm
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In China Goes Global, eminent China scholar David Shambaugh delivers the book many have been waiting for--a sweeping account of China's growing prominence on the international stage. Thirty years ago, China's role in global affairs beyond its immediate East Asian periphery was decidedly minor and it had little geostrategic power. As Shambaugh charts, though, China's expanding economic power has allowed it to extend its reach virtually everywhere--from mineral mines in Africa, to currency markets in the West, to oilfields in the Middle East, to agribusiness in Latin America, to the factories of East Asia. Shambaugh offers an enlightening look into the manifestations of China's global presence: its extensive commercial footprint, its growing military power, its increasing cultural influence or "soft power," its diplomatic activity, and its new prominence in global governance institutions.

But Shambaugh is no alarmist. In this balanced and well-researched volume, he argues that China's global presence is more broad than deep and that China still lacks the influence befitting a major world power--what he terms a "partial power." He draws on his decades of China-watching and his deep knowledge of the subject, and exploits a wide variety of previously untapped sources, to shed valuable light on China's current and future roles in world affairs.

Features

  • Authoritative account of one the most important global developments in recent times--China's ascendance in world politics.
  • David Shambaugh is an internationally recognized authority and author on China.
  • As the first book to piece together all of the facets of increasing Chinese global power, it will be necessary reading for anyone interested in the issue.

Reviews

"David Shambaugh provides a thoughtful look at the nature and consequences of China's rise in this carefully researched and well-written volume."--Henry A. Kissinger

"This is a must read for those interested in China's foreign affairs particularly and international relations generally." --Library Journal

"[A] lucid, highly readable overview of China's government policy-making apparatus, media, military ambitions and capabilities, trade and investment patterns, and strained relations with almost every region of the world . . . Drawing on interviews with Chinese policymakers and his own perceptive observations of their conflicting impulses, Shambaugh pointedly corrects the usual hysterical exaggerations of Chinese power. His is an illuminating profile of a colossus that does not-yet-bestride the world." --Publishers Weekly

 

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6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
 
Event Speakers List: 
  • David Shambaugh // Fellow
    Professor of Political Science & International Affairs, Director of the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies Program and Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies, the Brookings Institution
  • J. Stapleton Roy // Distinguished Scholar
    Founding Director Emeritus, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
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