As the abstract of a book with the same name points out, China has famously become the “workshop of the world.” Yet, while China watchers have shed much light on the country’s internal dynamics – China’s politics, its vast social changes, and its economic development – few have focused on how this increasingly powerful nation has become more active and assertive throughout the world. 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. 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.”
David Shambaugh is professor of political science and international affairs at the George Washington University in Washington DC, as well as a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.
Lecture is organized by the Association for International Affairs (AMO) in cooperation with the Embassy of the United States in Prague.