CAN CHINA AND JAPAN AVOID CONFRONTATION?
A Panel Discussion with
JAMES C. HSIUNG, Professor of Politics at New York University and author of numerous books and articles on East Asian international relations, including, most recently, Comprehensive Security: Challenge for Pacific Asia and Twenty-First Century World Order and the Asia Pacific
PETER ENNIS, Contributing Editor for The Oriental Economist Report and US Bureau Chief for its sister publication, Weekly Toyo Keizai, where his column Inside Americaï appears
JAMES NOLT, Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute
Even as commerce between China and Japan flourishes, some new tensions and memories of old conflicts continue to irritate relations between these two Asian economic giants. Bitter memories of the Japanese invasion of China during World War Two continually resurface, sometimes exacerbated by Japanese leaders’ visits to war shrines and official textbooks that gloss over wartime atrocities. Both powers claim offshore resources surrounding the uninhabited Diaoyutai/Senkaku Islands between Taiwan and Okinawa. Nationalists on both sides have recently demonstrated in support of these rival claims. China has also protested growing Japan’s cooperation with the U.S. in opposing no Chinese use of force to threaten Taiwan’s de facto independence. China claims Taiwan as a province and objects to other nations becoming involved. China also feels threatened by Japan’s cooperation with the U.S. to develop a ballistic missile defense system that might also be offered to Taiwan. Japan views its forces as defensive counters to China’s nuclear-armed missiles and other forces.
Thursday, April 14, 2005, 6:00-7:30PM . Swayduck Auditorium, First Floor, 65 Fifth Ave (between East 13th-14th).