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The Partial Power

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China Goes Global book summary
Popular perception may greatly exaggerate China’s global importance.


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David Shambaugh’s marvelous exploration – one of The Economist best books of 2013 – sets the context for China’s foreign and domestic policies and provides an informed perspective on China’s tortured history. With China’s increasing prominence, policy makers and scholars need this kind of deeper understanding. Shambaugh, who is the director of the China Policy Program at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, believes that conventional wisdom about China’s emergence as a global power may exaggerate its standing. China could be doomed to be a “partial power” because it focuses so narrowly on its own interests. China’s global impact militarily, commercially and culturally has been quite limited. For more surprises, getAbstract recommends this book to anyone seeking insight into China’s policies, including decision makers, executives, investors, diplomats and students.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why China’s importance as an emerging power may be exaggerated,
  • Why China is reluctant to engage with the outside world and
  • Why its efforts have so little impact on the global order.


Bird’s Eye View of China
Due to China’s increasing prominence in global affairs, policy makers and scholars need a trustworthy overview of China and its global impact. “As Napoleon prophetically predicted, China’s awakening is now shaking the world.” Conventional wisdom acknowledges China...
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About the Author

Political science and international affairs professor David Shambaugh directs the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

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