Does China Matter?

A Reassessment: Essays in Memory of Gerald Segal

Edited by Barry Buzan, Rosemary Foot

© 2004 – Routledge

208 pages

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About the Book

Gerald Segal’s last published paper ‘Does China Matter?’ made a considerable splash, and had he lived, it is certain that he would have followed it up with a book. This new volume honours his memory and takes forward his project, bringing together ten leading writers on China to reassess his argument.

This book opens with an detailed assessment of Dr Segal’s contribution, and a reprint of the article. The rest of the chapters address the question of ‘does China matter?’ by focusing separately on both the global and Asian dimensions of China’s presence, and on the military, political, economic and cultural aspects of its capabilities and activities. They provide an extension and critique of Segal’s work in the context of an authoritative up-to-date and forward looking evaluation of China’s prospects. Segal’s question remains central to world politics. This essential book sets out a detailed case for exactly how, why and to whom China matters.


'This book touches on a wide range of important questions in relation to China's economic, political and cultural development trajectory and how this is likely to impact on the world.'

Kjeld Erik Brodsgaard, Issues & Studies

'Essential reding for anyone interested in the regional and global implications of China's rise.'

Kjeld Erik Brodsgaard, Issues & Studies

Table of Contents

1. Gerald Segal's Contribution Michael B. Yahuda 2. Does China Matter? (reprinted from Foreign Affairs) Gerald Segal 3. China as a Global Strategic Actor Lawrence Freedman 4. China in International Society Samuel S. Kim 5. China in the Global Economy Stuart Harris 6. China in East Asian and World Culture David S.G. Goodman 7. China and the East Asian Politico-economic Model Jean-Pierre Lehmann 8. China in the Asian Economy Shaun Breslin 9.China as a Regional Military Power Bates Gill 10. Conclusions: How and to Whom Does China Matter? Barry Buzan

About the Editors

Barry Buzan is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Rosemary Foot is Professor of International Relations and the John Swire Senior Research Fellow in the International Relations of East Asia at St Antony's College, the University of Oxford.

About the Series

New International Relations

The field of international relations has changed dramatically in recent years. This series covers the major issues that have emerged and reflects the latest academic thinking in this particularly dynamic arena.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General