As China grows economically and increases its military might and political influence, the question of how to deal with it has become an aporia that troubles many nations. Japan, with a long history of relations with China, has not been an exception. There is resilience as well as fragility in the dynamic relationship between the two powers in East Asia; for the sake of peace and prosperity in the region, the two nations are required to develop the wisdom and experience in promoting the former and managing the latter. In his talk, Professor Akio Takahara approaches the bilateral relations in a comprehensive way and explore four areas of factors in the relationship, namely, domestic politics, economic interests, international environment and security, and people’s perceptions and identity. Based on the analysis of recent developments, he also discusses his idea about the way we should deal with China.
This event is held at the University of Cambridge in conjunction with the Centre for Rising Powers. See the university event page for more details.
For booking information, please contact Isabella Warren.
About the contributors
Professor Akio Takahara
Professor Akio Takahara is Professor of Contemporary Chinese Politics at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Law and Politics. He received his PhD in 1988 from Sussex University, and later was a visiting scholar at the Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong, at the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, at Harvard University and at Peking University. He served as President of the Japan Association for Asian Studies (2009-11) and as Secretary-General of the New Japan-China Friendship 21st Century Committee (2009-14).