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Assessing the Future Trajectory of China-Japan Relations

January 31, 2023 • 8:00 – 9:00 am EST

Tokyo unveiled a sweeping new National Security Strategy in December 2022, which casts China’s rising assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific as Japan’s “greatest strategic challenge.” The strategy also makes clear that Japanese policymakers are increasingly concerned about China’s potential to forcefully secure “reunification” with Taiwan. Amid Tokyo’s efforts to build a more muscular regional defense presence, how are Chinese scholars assessing what role Japan might play in a potential conflict in and around Taiwan?

Please join the Interpret: China project, the CSIS Japan Chair, and a panel of leading experts for a discussion of likely trajectories for China-Japan relations, drawing on insights from newly translated Chinese primary source documents. The expert panel will feature Rumi Aoyama, director of Waseda Institute of Contemporary Chinese Studies and professor at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies at Waseda University, and Bonny Lin, senior fellow for Asian security and director of the CSIS China Power project. The event will be co-moderated by CSIS Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette and CSIS Senior Adviser and Japan Chair Christopher Johnstone.

This event is made possible by support from the Ford Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. 

Bonny Lin
Director, China Power Project and Senior Fellow, Asian Security
Rumi Aoyama
Director, Waseda Institute of Contemporary Chinese Studies and Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University