China Goes Global ~ David Shambaugh

Most global citizens are well aware of the explosive growth of the Chinese economy. Indeed, China has famously become the “workshop of the world.” Yet, while China watchers have shed much light on the country’s internal dynamics–China’s politics, its vast social changes, and its economic development–few have focused on how this increasingly powerful nation has become more active and assertive throughout the world.

In China Goes Global, eminent China scholar David Shambaugh delivers the book that 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. Today however, 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.

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Professor David Shambaugh: China goes global, but only partially

In this video world-renowned China scholar Professor David Shambaugh examines China’s place in a global world. Contrary to conventional wisdom, Shambaugh argues that China is not a superpower but rather a ‘partial power’. Based on a five-year study which has culminated in his latest book, China goes global: the partial power, Shambaugh argues that rather than ‘rising’, China is ‘spread’ across the globe — with a growing international footprint that is broad but not deep.

David Shambaugh is an internationally recognised authority and author on contemporary China and the international relations of Asia. He is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and the founding Director of the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program and Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at The Brookings Institution.

“China’s Global Identities: The Conflicted Rising Power” by David Shambaugh

March 1, 2012 – Presented by the History department and East Asian Studies.


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