China Goes Global: The Partial Power


Evening presentation by David Shambaugh, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director, China Policy Program, George Washington University

Drinks reception 6:30 pm
Presentation at 7:00 pm
Close at 8:00 pm

"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

Thirty years ago, China's role in global affairs beyond its immediate East Asian periphery was decidedly minor and it had little geostrategic power. 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 oil fields in the Middle East, to agribusiness in Latin America, to the factories of East Asia. Eminent China scholar David 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. Yet the author is no alarmist, instead arguing 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."


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 Institution. Professor Shambaugh is a recognized international authority and author on China. His most recent books include Charting China's Future: Domestic and 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.

Event Details

Thu 04 Jul 2013
6:30 - 8 p.m.
9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
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