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China’s security and foreign policies: Comparing American and Japanese perspectives

Past Event

China's security and foreign policies: Comparing American and Japanese perspectives

As China’s economic power has grown, its foreign policy has evolved. It now has greater political influence in regional and global affairs, and is increasingly seeking the exercise that influence. This evolution in China’s role in the world will impact the United States and Japan, two close allies. Understanding the character and trajectory of a reviving China is a crucial task for Washington and Tokyo, which is made more complicated by a plurality of views on China in and between the two allies.

On February 27, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies hosted a seminar examining American and Japanese interpretations of China’s security and foreign policies. In two sessions, leading China specialists from the United States and Japan examined factors that may drive China’s policies, including domestic and institutional politics, increasing resources and capacities, and actions of other countries. They analyzed China’s approaches to countries in East Asia and outside the region. Panel moderators and participants analyzed the policy implications of gaps in interpretation.

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Panel 1: Defense and security policies


Yuki Tatsumi

Co-Director, East Asia Program; Director, Japan Program - Stimson Center


Masafumi Iida

Senior Research Fellow, Department of Area Studies - National Institute for Defense Studies

Panel 2: Foreign policy


Rumi Aoyama

Professor, Research Institute of Current Chinese Affairs - Waseda University


Akio Takahara

Professor, Faculty of Law, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics - University of Tokyo

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