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China Goes Global author Professor David Shambaugh’s Summer Reading Picks

Professor David Shambaugh is the author of China Goes Global: the Partial Power. In the book, the eminent China scholar gives 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 is no alarmist. In this exhaustively-researched book, he argues that China’s global presence is more broad than deep and that China still lacks the influence of a major world power. Instead China is what he calls a “partial power.” He draws on decades of China-watching to expound on China’s current and future roles in the world affairs.

Join us at 7:30pm on June 26 (Tickets: 40/50rmb available at door and in advanced in the bookshop) as Shambaugh offers an enlightening – and balanced – 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.

“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

David Shambaugh is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of the China Policy Program at George Washington University. He is also Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institutions. Shambaugh is a recognized international authority and author on China. His most recent books include Charting China’s Future: Domestic & International Challenges; China’s Communist Party: Atrophy and Adaptation; International Politics of Asia; and Power Shift: China and Asia’s New Dynamics. He also previously served as Editor of The China Quarterly.

Professor David Shambaugh is currently reading:

The Scramble for China: Foreign Devils in the Qing by Robert Bickers


















China Airborne: The Test of China’s Future by James Fallows
















The best book he has ever read on China: Lucian Pye’s The Mandarin and the Cadre: China’s Political Cultures.


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