China Goes Global – November 2013

Eminent China scholar David Shambaugh will speak about his new book: China Goes Global—a sweeping account of China`s growing prominence on the international stage on Friday, 8 November 2013 at the Confucius Institute for Scotland.

Thirty years ago, China`s role in global affairs beyond its immediate East Asian periphery was decidedly minor and it had little geostrategic power. As Shambaugh charts, though, 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`.

The talk will start from 18.00, followed by book signing and drinks reception. This event is free but booking is requested. To book a place please email info@confuciusinstitute.ac.uk or call 0131 662 2180.