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Institute for Japanese Studies Lecture: "The Role of Japan-U.S. Alliance in the Face of U.S.-China Strategic Rivalry"


Monday, January 13, 2020, 3:30PM - 5:00PM


The Institute for Japanese Studies presents, "The Role of Japan-U.S. Alliance in the Face of U.S.-China Strategic Rivalry" by Yoichi Kato, senior researcher from the Asia Pacific Initiative.

The strategic rivalry between the United States and China goes beyond just a “trade war” and is structural in nature. The fundamental problem is that they do not understand each other’s strategic thinking and cannot manage their bilateral relations as they intend to. One example is the recent consensus in the United States across the aisle that its decade-long engagement with China to transform the country into a liberal democracy was a failure. The other is the failure of what China has called the “New Model of Major Power Relations,” which the Xi Jinping administration tried to establish with the United States since 2013. This dual management failure presents an enormous challenge to the nations in the Indo-Pacific region, including Japan, which depend on China for trade and economy, and look to the United States for security guarantees. This dilemma of dual dependence gets exacerbated when the U.S-China relations deteriorate. While the alliance with the United States has been indispensable for Japan’s security and will continue to remain the main pillar of Japan’s security strategy, this alliance does not effectively address the dilemma of dual dependence for Japan. As a result, Japan is bound to pursue an “alliance plus” option to safeguard its national interests.  And, such an option and strategies are probably true for other nations in the region.

This event is free and open to the public.

Location : 175 Mendenhall Lab
Contact : East Asian Studies Center

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