David Shambaugh: "China Goes Global"

David Shambaugh: "China Goes Global"

China has the world's second-biggest economy and is the largest foreign holder of American debt. But one scholar says its power on the global stage has been greatly exaggerated.

Just 30 years ago, China was a poor, isolated nation of rural farmers. The vast majority of its citizens struggled to afford food and clothes. But a series of free market reforms in the 1980s and '90s transformed China, propelling it to the No. 2 spot in the global economy. China is now the world’s largest manufacturer and has the second biggest military. But a leading China expert says the rise of the Middle Kingdom has been greatly exaggerated. He says China’s influence is limited by isolationism and a focus on low-end manufacturing. Diane and author David Shambaugh discuss the myth of China’s global power.


David Shambaugh

professor and director of the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

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Excerpt from "China Goes Global: The Partial Power" by David Shambaugh. Copyright 2013 by David Shambaugh. Reprinted here by permission of Oxford University Press, USA 2013. All rights reserved.

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