What Kind of Rising Power is China?

China is growing stronger economically and
militarily, and is widely perceived as a "rising
power." Some rising powers can be successfully
integrated into the international order, but others
disrupt it in ways that lead to military conflict. Susan Shirk will
discuss China's policies and actions toward the United States,
Taiwan, Japan, Korea, nonproliferation, and other issues in
order to assess which kind of rising power it is.

From July 1997 to July 2000, Shirk served as Deputy
Assistant Secretary of State with responsibility for the People's
Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Mongolia. In
July 2000, Shirk resumed her faculty position
at the University of California, San Diego. She is also research
director at the University of California's system-wide Institute
on Global Conflict and Cooperation.

Shirk's books include: How China Opened
Its Door: The Political Success of the PRC's Foreign Trade and
Investment Reforms
(1994); The Political Logic of Economic Reform in
(1993); and Competitive Comrades: Career Incentives and Student
Strategies in China
(1981). Her edited books include Power and
Prosperity: Economics and Security Linkages in the Asia-Pacific
and The Challenge of China and Japan (1985).

Shirk received her B.A. in political science from Mount
Holyoke College, her M.A. in Asian Studies from the University
of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in Political Science from
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a member
of the Aspen Strategy Group, the Council on Foreign Relations,
and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London).
She also served on the editorial boards of The China Quarterly
and Modern China.

Professor Shirk's visit to CMC is sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies.