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China and the World

Edited by David Shambaugh

Publication Date - 30 January 2020

ISBN: 9780190062316

416 pages
6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

China & the World is the single most comprehensive and up-to-date scholarly assessment of China's foreign relations and roles in international affairs


As the world evolves in increasingly unpredictable directions, one of the key determinants of the future global order will surely be the impact of China. No country and no society can escape China's reach-indeed many seek its embrace. China brings benefits to many-but it's also a problematic interlocutor for others. In China and the World, one of the world's leading China specialists David Shambaugh has assembled fifteen leading international authorities on China to create the most comprehensive and up-to-date scholarly assessment of China's foreign relations and roles in international affairs. The volume covers China's contemporary position in all regions of the world, with all major powers, and across multiple arenas of China's international interactions. It also explores the sources of China's grand strategy, how the past shapes the present, and the impact of domestic factors that shape China's external behavior. China and the World is a uniquely focused and well-organized volume that provides many insights into China's calculations and behavior, and identifies a number of challenges China will face in the future.


  • The most comprehensive and up-to-date study of the subject written by a cast of authoritative authors on China's foreign relations and roles in international affairs
  • Surveys and analyzes the totality of China's global position entering the 2020s
  • Offers unique information based on a broad range of empirical sources that provides deep texture and nuance to each chapter subject
  • Provides a foundational text for courses on the international relations of China

About the Author(s)

David Shambaugh is an internationally recognized authority and award-winning author on contemporary China and the international relations of Asia. He is currently the Gaston Sigur Professor of Asian Studies, Political Science & International Affairs, and the founding Director of the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. An active public intellectual and frequent commentator in the international media, he serves on numerous editorial boards, and has been a consultant to governments, research institutions, foundations, universities, corporations, banks, and investment funds. As an author, Professor Shambaugh has published more than 30 books and 300 articles.


"China and the World is an impressive volume on a vital subject at a critical time. For the coming generation of (American) students, China will be the single most important international topic in their textbooks; relations with this dynamic behemoth will profoundly affect their lives as well as the world." -- Winston Lord, Former US Ambassador to China

"An outstanding scholar of China in his own right, David Shambaugh has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to obtain original contributions to coherently organized volumes on Chinese foreign policy and US-China relations. China and the World is another triumph. It will become a standard textbook on the subject but can also be read with interest by anyone seeking a comprehensive and balanced introduction to a rising power with increasing influence yet enigmatic goals." -- Harry Harding, University of Virginia

"This book is closing a gap in the literature on China and a must read for anyone trying to understand China's growing global role. The authors offer a comprehensive view on all major aspects of China's rise. Impressive reading!" -- Eberhard Sandschneider, Professor for Chinese Politics, Free University of Berlin

Table of Contents

    Preface & Acknowledgements

    1. China's Long March to Global Power -David Shambaugh

    2. Legacies of the Past -Odd Arne Westad
    3. China's National Experiences and the Evolution of PRC Grand Strategy -Chas W. Freeman Jr.

    4. Nationalism, Social Influences, and Chinese Foreign Policy -Peter Gries
    5. China's Foreign Policy Making Process: Players and Institutions -Suisheng Zhao

    6. China's Global Economic Interactions -Barry Naughton
    7. China's Global Cultural Interactions -Shaun Breslin
    8. China's Global Governance Interactions -Katherine Morton
    9. China's Global Military-Security Interactions -Phillip Saunders

    10. China's Relations with the United States -Robert Sutter
    11. China's Relations with Russia -Alexei D. Voskressenski
    12. China's Relations with Europe -Francois Godement
    13. China's Relations with Asia: Continuity Amid Change -Michael Yahuda
    14. China's Relations with the Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East -Joshua Eisenman and Eric Heginbotham
    15. Regional Multilateralism with Chinese Characteristics -Srikanth Kondapalli

    16. China & the World: Future Challenges -David Shambaugh