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The opportunities and challenges presented to East Asia by China’s rapidly increasing international stature, economic influence and military heft have been thrown into sharp relief over the last few years. Escalating tensions over a series of maritime territorial disputes have contrasted with a marked improvement in cross-strait relations and with efforts by China to pursue free trade agreements with ASEAN countries as well as Japan and South Korea. Until recently, however, scholars who follow this issue have not had access to survey data that might allow them to draw more specific conclusions about the attitudes of other East Asians towards the rise of China.

On March 29, the John L. Thornton China Center and Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at Brookings, the Program for East Asia Democratic Studies of the Academia Sinica and National Taiwan University, and the Institute of Arts and Humanities of Shanghai Jiaotong University will host a half-day conference to address this question. At the conference, panelists will present data from the Asian Barometer Survey and compare these findings with prevailing survey data in the United States. Leading experts from both sides of the Pacific will weigh the potential implications of these studies for future relations between China and other East Asian countries and for U.S.-China relations.

After each set of presentations, speakers will take audience questions.

Event Agenda

  • 9:00

    How Americans and East Asians View the Rise of China

    • CHU Yun-han

      Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica

      Professor of Political Science, National Taiwan University

    • LIU Kang

      Professor of Chinese Studies, Duke University

      Chair, Professor and Dean, Institute of Arts and Humanities, Shanghai Jiaotong University

    • Satu Limaye


      East-West Center in Washington

    • Robert Sutter

      Professor of Practice of International Affairs

      Elliott School of George Washington University

  • 10:30

    Geopolitics and Competition for Soft Power in East Asia

    • Min-hua HUANG

      Senior Research Fellow

      Shanghai Jiaotong University

    • Bridget Welsh

      Associate Professor in Political Science

      Singapore Management University

    • David M. Lampton

      George and Sadie Hyman Professor of China Studies, Director of the China Studies Program

      Johns Hopkins University SAIS

    • Andrew Nathan

      Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science

      Columbia University

  • 12:00

    Assessing Implications for East Asia and the United States


March 29, 2013

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT

Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW


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