Thursday, January 30, 2020

Foreign Policy News Pivots to Asia - Feb. 4 Event

Asia continues to dominate the news from viruses, to trade deals, to North Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Current events reinforce the status of the alliance between the U.S. and Japan. The Crossley Center is starting this year’s program with a session on the importance of the relationship among the three key stakeholders – Japan, China and the U.S.

The Crossley Center, the Center for China-US Cooperation and the Office of Global Engagement have joined together to present: “Japan-China-U.S. and Japan’s Vision for the Indo-Pacific.” The first speaker will be Noriyuki Shikata, former Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in Beijing. At noon on Tuesday, February 4, he will discuss Japan’s relationship with China and the U.S. and Japan’s vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific. Joining the discussion will be Suisheng (Sam) Zhao, head of the China Center.

Minister Shikata’s presentation is part of a program to explore the U.S. and Japanese challenge in Asia. As I have written:

The strategic challenge for the United States and Japan in Asia is to engage a rising China, while maintaining a favorable balance of power for the United States, Japan and its allies. A robust U.S.-Japan alliance is critical to the effort and necessitates sustained dialogue on how the alliance can shape the regional order. Achieving that objective will require a strategy to maintain the balance in the Asia Pacific and to understand the benefit Japan brings to the strategy. Join the discussion.

Join us at 11:45, Feb. 4, 2020, in Room 1020 (the Forum).


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