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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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By Ernest on 12-29-13
Good summary of China's recent developements
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A good explanation of how and why China reacts domestically and internationally.
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This book gives some insights into where China may go in the next decade. I would recommend it for anyone doing business with or in competition with China. There is more information in this book than most of our politicians understand. Buy a copy for your congressman.
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