Published by Palgrave Macmillan
The post-2012 standoff over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands has unveiled the antagonistic quality to Sino-Japanese relations, with an important addition: a massive information war that has cemented the two states’ rivalry. Under the Xi and Abe administrations, China and Japan have insisted on their moral position as benign and peaceful powers, and portrayed their neighbour as an aggressive revisionist.
Dr Giulio Pugliese gives an account of Japan-China power politics in the military, economic and propaganda domains. By highlighting great power rivalry, he offers his empirical findings in favour of the power politics behind Sino-Japanese identities. His assessment of the diplomatic, economic and identity clash between the world’s second and third wealthiest states will provide a window in understanding the international politics in the early 21st Century. This talk is multi-disciplinary in spirit and will speak to both academics and to members of the public who might be curious of understanding this fascinating –if worrisome—facet of Sino-Japanese relations.
*‘Sino-Japanese Power Politics: Might, Money and Minds’ (£30, RRP £37.99) was on sale during the evening.
About the contributors
Dr Giulio Pugliese
Dr Giulio Pugliese is Lecturer in War Studies at King’s College London. He holds a Laurea (B.A.) in Political Science and East Asian Studies from the University of Naples, “L’Orientale” (cum laude), an M.A. in International Economics and International Relations (concentrating on East Asian Studies) from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He specialises in the politics, both domestic and international, of the Asia-Pacific with a focus on Japan, China and the United States. He is a regular contributor to and member of the editorial board of Asia Maior, Italy’s leading academic publication on current Asian affairs. In addition, he has worked in Japan for four years, including at the Mitsubishi Research Institute writing on arms export regulations for a study commissioned by Japan’s Ministry of Economics Trade and Industry (MITI).