David Shambaugh – China Goes Global: The Partial Power

Prof. Shambaugh *(沈大伟) talks about his new book “China Goes Global”

Citizens of nations across the globe cannot help but notice the spectacular growth of the Chinese economy in recent years. This country, the famous “workshop of the world,” appears on the front page of major newspapers on a daily basis. But, while many have focused on China’s politics, economic development, and social changes, few have considered how much influence China has in regional and international affairs. Is China trying to establish itself a global power, a challenger to the United States as a global leader? In his book, CHINA GOES GLOBAL: The Partial Power (Oxford | February 14, 2013), David Shambaugh—a leading expert in Chinese studies with more than three decades of experience in China-watching—offers a comprehensive account of China’s prominence in the global arena. Assessing China’s activities all across the world and along six different dimensions—perceptual, diplomatic, global governance, economic, cultural, and strategic—Shambaugh argues that China lacks influence in most international domains and is not the kind of challenge to global order and the United States that many argue it is.

Shambaugh traces China’s development over the past thirty years, when its role in global affairs was relatively minor and mostly limited to East Asia. Drawing on his vast knowledge of the country, Shambaugh shows how China’s growing economic power has given the nation access to other industries, ranging 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. And, he demonstrates China’s ambition by pointing to its growing military power and presence in diplomatic affairs, as well as its increasing cultural influence and the large role it plays in commercialism across the world. In spite of its astronomic growth, however, Shambaugh argues that China’s influence is still more broad than deep and that it lacks the influence attributed to a major world power. Instead, it is a “partial power.”

Topics for discussion include:
• China’s role as a global diplomatic actor
• China’s behavior in the UN Security Council and other international organizations
• China’s contributions (or lack thereof) to global governance
• China’s energy consumption and environmental impact
• China’s military development
• China’s outbound direct investment and multinational corporations
• China’s attempts to accrue “soft power”
• China’s challenge to the United States in Asian and world affairs
• China as a rising power

source: http://www.youtube.com/user/USChinaInstitute

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