Sino-Japanese Relations Are More Stable Than They Seem


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When: Feb 28 2018 - 3:00pm until Feb 28 2018 - 4:30pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036

Sino-Japanese Relations Are More Stable Than They Seem

An Asia Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar featuring:

Dr. Yasuhiro MATSUDA
Professor of International Politics, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia,

University of Tokyo

Dr. Sheila A. Smith (Guest Chair and Discussant)
Senior Fellow for Japan Studies,

Council on Foreign Relations

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Left to right: Dr. Yasuhiro MATSUDA , Professor of International Politics, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia,  University of Tokyo and Dr. Sheila A. Smith (Guest Chair and Discussant) Senior Fellow for Japan Studies,  Council on Foreign RelationsThe Sino-Japanese relationship is becoming more stable than they first appear. During the past-decade, Sino-Japanese relations turned sour over the two countries East China Sea dispute and no state visits have been exchanged since then-Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda visited Beijing back in 2011, However, relations began to shift in June 2017 when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Xi Jinping met in Hamburg, Germany on the sidelines of the G20 Summit. Then in November, Abe met with Xi at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Hanoi and Premier Li Keqiang at the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summits in Manila. Interactions between the two countries since have been flourishing. An official, mutual visits by the leaders of Japan and China are expected sometime in 2018. How and why are Sino-Japan relations becoming more stable? What are the constraints to improved relations? What are the implications for the US and the US-Japan alliance?

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Yasuhiro MATSUDA is Professor of international politics at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia at the University of Tokyo. He received his Ph.D. in law from the Graduate School of Law at Keio University in Tokyo. He spent sixteen years in the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Japan Defense Agency (later, Ministry of Defense), as an assistant and a senior research fellow. He moved to the University of Tokyo in 2008. He specializes the in political and diplomatic history of Asia, politics and foreign relations in the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan, Cross-Strait Relations, and Japan’s foreign and security policies. He was a member of the Council on Security and Defense Capability in the New Era, the advisory group of the Prime Minister in 2010. He is the winner of the seventh Yasuhiro Nakasone Award of Excellence in 2011. He has published numerous books and articles in Japanese, English and Chinese. His most recent publication in English is China's UN Peacekeeping Operations Policy : Analysis of the Factors behind the Policy Shift toward Active Engagement.

Sheila A. Smith an expert on Japanese politics and foreign policy, is senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). She is the author of Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China (Columbia University Press, 2015) and Japan's New Politics and the U.S.-Japan Alliance (Council on Foreign Relations, June 2014). Her current research focuses on how geostrategic change in Asia is shaping Japan's strategic choices. In the fall of 2014, Smith began a project on Northeast Asian Nationalisms and Alliance Management. Smith is a regular contributor to the CFR blog Asia Unbound, and frequent contributor to major media outlets in the United States and Asia. She joined CFR from the East-West Center in 2007, where she directed a multinational research team in a cross-national study of the domestic politics of the US military presence in Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines. She was a visiting scholar at Keio University in 2007-08, where she researched Japan’s foreign policy towards China, supported by the Abe Fellowship. Smith has been a visiting researcher at two leading Japanese foreign and security policy think tanks, the Japan Institute of International Affairs and the Research Institute for Peace and Security, and at the University of Tokyo and the University of the Ryukyus. Smith is vice chair of the US advisors to the U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Exchange (CULCON), a bi-national advisory panel of government officials and private sector members. She also serves on the advisory committee for the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future program of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. She teaches as an adjunct professor at the Asian Studies Department of Georgetown University and serves on the board of its Journal of Asian Affairs. She earned her MA and PhD degrees from the department of political science at Columbia University.

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