China and Japan as Partners and Rivals in East Asia |

China and Japan as Partners and Rivals in East Asia

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Despite their respective differences over identity at home and between each other, China and Japan, as the two great powers of East Asia have to manage a difficult relationship that combines both cooperation and incipient conflict. This is occurring at a time in which China is perceived to be rising and Japan to be declining. The US plays a discrete but central role in the relationship. If Beijing fears that Japan’s alliance with the US may constrain its rise it also recognizes that Japan’s military dependence on the US stops Japan from becoming an independent nuclear military power. For its part Tokyo fears American neglect as the US cultivates its new partnership with China. Meanwhile both countries regard military developments by the other with suspicion. The uneasy cooperation and rivalry between China and Japan is most evident in Southeast Asia, where Japan seeks to counter expanding Chinese economic and political influence through economic measures of its own and by encouraging regional institutions to develop in ways that mitigate China’s influence and power.

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Michael Yahuda, Professor Emeritus of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London

Monday, 28 September 2009
5.15 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.

Seminar Room 3-1
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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