Online event examines Japan-China contemporary relations

Japan-China dynamics are key to international relations in northeast Asia. The neighbors have two of the three biggest economies in the world and long-standing bilateral relations
International Relations
08 December 2020
Online event examines Japan-China contemporary relations

On Thursday, December 10, Fundação Getulio Vargas’ School of International Relations and Japan House São Paulo will hold the fourth in a series of talks about Japan. Yasuhiro Matsuda, a professor of international politics at the University of Tokyo, will talk about “Japan-China Contemporary Relations.” The event will be broadcast live on FGV’s YouTube channel, starting at 8 pm.

Japan-China dynamics are key to international relations in northeast Asia. The neighbors have two of the three biggest economies in the world and long-standing bilateral relations. The latest developments in international politics, such as the China-United States trade war, have brought new perspectives to Sino-Japanese dynamics. After all, China is Japan’s biggest trading partner while the United States is its main security ally.

In recent years, there has been relative stability in the bilateral relationship between Japan and China. What are Japan’s strategic goals regarding China? What is the origin of this relative stability in bilateral relations? What can we expect from this relationship in the coming years? The event’s moderators will be the FGV School of International Relations’ deputy coordinator, Pedro Brites, and assistant Luana Margarete Geiger.

Yasuhiro Matsuda is an associate professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia at the University of Tokyo. He has a doctorate in law from the University of Keio. For 16 years, he worked at the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) and Japanese Defense Agency (later renamed Defense Ministry) as a research assistant and senior researcher. He has been a visiting researcher at various institutions, including the Japanese Consulate General in Hong Kong (1994-96), the Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. (2000), the Strategic and International Studies Division of the Taiwan Research Institute in Taipei (2001), and the Center for Japanese Studies at Fudan University, Shanghai (2007).

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