Professor Akio Takahara of Tokyo University will analyse the development of China's external policies under Xi Jinping and discuss how Japan and other countries should deal with it.
In actively pursuing China's national interests Xi Jinping has advocated establishing a 'New Model of Major Country Relations' with the United States and proposed the 'One Belt, One Road' initiative for linking the East Asian economies and the European economies at the two ends of the Eurasian continent.
However, what casts a cloud over these diplomatic and developmental initiatives is the rise in China's actions in the East and the South China Seas. Professor Akio Takahara will analyse the development of China's external policies under Xi Jinping and discuss how Japan and other countries should deal with it.
Akio Takahara is Professor of Contemporary Chinese Politics at the Graduate School of Law and Politics, the University of Tokyo. He received his D.Phil. in 1988 from the University of Sussex, and later spent several years as Visiting Scholar at the Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong (1989-91), the Japanese Embassy in Beijing (1996-98), the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University (2005-06), the School of International Studies, Peking University (2014-15) and the Mercator Institute for China Studies (2016). Before joining the University of Tokyo, he taught at J. F. Oberlin University (1991-95) and Rikkyo University (1995-2005). He also served as a Member of the Governing Body of the Institute of Development Studies, UK (1999-2003), and as the Secretary General of the New Japan-China Friendship 21st Century Committee (2009-14). He currently serves as a senior researcher of the Tokyo Foundation, adjunct fellow of the Japan Institute of International Affairs, and a senior researcher of the Japan International Forum.