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Power Shift: China and Asia's New Dynamics [Paperback]

David Shambaugh
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January 17, 2006 0520245709 978-0520245709 1st Paperback Edition
The dynamics of international relations in Asia are undergoing broad and fundamental changes that are reverberating around the world. Primary among the catalysts of change in the region is the rise of China as the engine of regional economic growth, as a major military power, as a significant voice in regional diplomacy, and as a proactive power in multilateral institutions. With in-depth assessments by seventeen of the world’s leading experts on China’s foreign relations, this groundbreaking volume offers the most timely, up-to-date, and comprehensive analysis of China’s emerging influence on international relations in Asia.

The contributors explore the various dimensions of China’s rise, its influence on the region, the consequences for the United States, and alternative models of the evolving Asian order. What emerges is a clear picture of China increasingly at the center of the regional web; while North Korean and Taiwan could erupt in conflict, the predominant trend in Asia is the creation of an extensive web of mutual interdependence among states and non-state actors. Providing the best overview we currently have of the changing political balance on the Asian continent, this accessible volume will be essential reading for anyone concerned with contemporary Asian affairs.

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"There is no competing work with this breadth, depth, up-to-date coverage, and absolute top drawer of China specialists." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"This is an extremely important and valuable volume. The analysis is fresh and compelling throughout, and the material reflects the contributors' broad knowledge and sensitivity to ongoing developments in the region."—T.J. Pempel, director, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley

"There is no competing work with this breadth, depth, up-to-date coverage, and absolute top drawer of China specialists. Superior scholarship is apparent in the high level of insight and information throughout this outstanding, superbly written work." —Allen Whiting, The University of Arizona

"In a time of rapid Chinese ascendancy, it is fortunate to have a comprehensive treatment of China's position in Asia by a group of prominent scholars. While new developments are constantly taking place in this revolutionary era, these essays are well researched, balanced, and insightful—providing an excellent basis from which to assess what is to come."—Robert A. Scalapino, Robson Research Professor of Government Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

"This stimulating book is admirably suited for those seeking a better understanding of the underlying issues relating to China's expanding power and an informed basis for assessing the widely divergent views that are being expressed on the subject. Professor Shambaugh has assembled an outstanding roster of world-class scholars on China whose contributions are noteworthy for their readability, their careful marshaling of relevant facts, and their interpretive insights. The result is this superb volume."—J. Stapleton Roy, former U.S. Ambassador to China, Indonesia, and Singapore

"This outstanding collection of essays, written by leading scholars from around the world, takes an unusually comprehensive look at the subject, addressing China's growing economic clout and diplomatic influence as well as its impact on regional security. It also makes an important contribution to the growing debate over the consequences of China's rise for American interests. This volume is essential reading for anyone interested in Chinese foreign policy or the international relations of the Asia-Pacific region."—Harry Harding, University Professor, The George Washington University

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  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1st Paperback Edition edition (January 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520245709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520245709
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6 x 9.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,235,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since 1996 David Shambaugh has been Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and founding Director of the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program and Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at The Brookings Institution (1998--), and previously served as Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies in the Elliott School (1996-1998).

Before joining the faculty at George Washington, he was successively Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Reader in Chinese Politics at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (1987-1996), where he also served as Editor of The China Quarterly (1991-96). He also directed the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (1987-1988), and served as an analyst in the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research (1976-77) and the U.S. National Security Council staff (1977-78).

Professor Shambaugh is recognized internationally as an authority on contemporary Chinese affairs, with particular expertise in Chinese domestic politics, China's military, Chinese foreign relations (esp. U.S.-China Relations, China-Europe relations, China-Asia relations), and the international politics and security of the Asia-Pacific region. He has authored or edited 26 books, including China Goes Global (2013); Tangled Titans: The United States & China (2012); Charting China's Future (2011); International Relations of Asia (2008); China's Communist Party: Atrophy & Adaptation (2008), China-Europe Relations: Perceptions, Policies & Prospects (2007), China Watching: Perspectives from Europe, Japan, and the United States (2007); Power Shift: China & Asia's New Dynamics (2005); The Odyssey of China's Imperial Art Treasures (2005); Modernizing China's Military (2003). He has also published approximately 200 articles, chapters, and editorials in edited books, scholarly and policy journals, and newspapers. He is also a frequent commentator in international media.

Professor Shambaugh received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and M.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and B.A. cum laude in East Asian Studies from The Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He has been a visiting scholar at numerous institutions in China, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore, and Taiwan. He was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2002-2003), and has been a recipient of research grants from numerous institutions. He was appointed Honorary Research Professor of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS) in 2008, and was a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar in China 2009-2010.

Professor Shambaugh has also held a number of consultancies--including with the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. National Intelligence Council, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Rand Corporation, Library of Congress, Microsoft Corporation, Deutsche Bank, MacQuarie Securities, Standard Chartered Bank, The AlbrightStonebridge Group, and American Express International. He has served on twelve editorial boards and does peer reviewing for a number of private sector and government grant-making bodies. He has been a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, National Committee on U.S. China Relations (Board of Directors), World Economic Forum, Council on Foreign Relations, and other professional bodies.

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It is one of the best books for analyzing the power shift from the transatlantic to Asia-Pacific driven by China's rise and Asia's integration. The author also addresses the challenges to US policymakers in engagenment with Asia in the fyture.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chinese Railroad Expansion November 19, 2008
An excellent book. The Bush and Garver articles in this anthology touch on Chinese railway infrastructural development. Assigned readings for my Troy University course for the MSIR.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Overestimates China's influence and power January 11, 2008
The 16 essays in this book are combined into 6 different parts,with each of the different parts emphasizing a different aspect of the rise of China-impacts on Taiwan and Japan,regional power shifts,
economics,security,implications for the United States,etc. All of the essays in this book essentially assume that the economic statistics extant in 2006 were accurate estimates of Chinese economic growth.They then make projections about relative increases in Chinese political,military,and regional power dependent on these economic estimates.It is here that the essays are all mistaken.

The World Bank reestimated Chinese GDP(gross domestic product)figures in late 2007.Based on revised purchasing power parity adjustments, reflecting revised adjustments of relative Chinese prices vis-a vis American prices,it was realized that Chinese prices were being adjusted upward far too much.Revised figures show that China's GDP is not in the $10-$11 trillion range ,as compared to the USA's roughly $ 13 trillion gdp, but is no more than $6 trillion .

The result is that China's political,military,and regional power has been substantially overestimated.The readers of this book need to take this new information into account when evaluating the conclusions and projections made in these essays.Similar miscalculations were made about the old Soviet Union's economic growth rates in the period from 1928-1960.These also resulted in assessments of Soviet military and political power that were far too optimistic.
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