The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Public Program: "China at the Crossroads? Reform Challenges Ahead" with David Shambaugh

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Please join us for David Shambaugh’s talk, "China at the Crossroads? Reform Challenges Ahead," in Rockefeller 003 at 4:30 pm on Thursday, April 23. A book signing will follow the public talk.

Students, register here for a dinner with David Shambaugh from 6:15 to 7:15 pm in Morrisson Commons, Rockefeller Center.

For the past three decades, analysts have been charting China’s rise to power. Now the world’s second largest economy with a population of 1.36 billion people, it is time to understand the new challenges that China faces in its internal and global development. Many experts believe that China has reached a critical "crossroads," a point at which it must decide which reforms are necessary to implement in order to prevent internal stagnation and to continue its ascent to global dominance.

An internationally recognized authority on contemporary China and international relations, David Shambaugh will survey the main challenges facing China at present. He will then assess the realistic steps the Chinese government is taking to meet them through new reform policies undertaken by the Xi Jinping leadership.


David Shambaugh is presently the Professor of Political Science & International Affairs and the founding Director of the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. A Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program and Center for East Asian Policy Studies at The Brookings Institution, he also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, and the U.S. Asia-Pacific Council.

His book, "China Goes Global: The Partial Power," is the first major study to examine the multiple dimensions of China’s growing presence. Offering a comprehensive analysis of China’s diplomatic, economic, cultural, and military presence around the world, China Goes Global was selected by The Economist, Foreign Affairs, and Bloomberg News as one of the "Best Books of the Year."

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