ARCHIVED US – China Relations and the Implications for Japan, with Yuka Koshino and Clyde Prestowitz
Thursday 1 April 2021
1.00pm – 2.00pm (BST)
9.00pm – 10.00pm (JST)
8.00am – 9.00am (EDT)
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To examine likely trends in relations between the world's two superpowers, the US and China, and what these might mean for Japan, Japan Society chairman Bill Emmott is joined by Clyde Prestowitz, founder of the think-tank Economic Strategy Institute and veteran observer of Asian trade and politics, and Yuka Koshino, research fellow for Japanese Security and Defence Policy at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).
In the early days of his presidency, Joe Biden has signalled his intention to maintain his predecessor's tough stance vis a vis China on economic relations, human rights and global governance, while establishing a new Pentagon task force on China which is due to present recommendations by summer 2021.
On 16 March the Biden administration’s first cabinet level in person overseas meeting saw Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin meet in Tokyo with Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi for “two-plus-two” security talks that focused on China. These followed soon after the first meeting of leaders of the ‘Quad’ of India, Japan, Australia and the US in a virtual session, which also touched on issues of security, vaccine diplomacy, and the freedom and openness of the Indo-Pacific.
How is the US likely to balance economic and security interests in the region, and what will this mean for Japan and its other allies in East and South East Asia?
Yuka Koshino is Research Fellow for Japanese Security and Defence Policy at IISS. Prior to joining the IISS, she served as a research associate with the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, where she managed projects and provided independent analysis on US–Japan relations and US strategy in the Indo-Pacific region. She also has experience providing policy and business analysis on Asia's high-tech and defence industries at the Avascent Group and the Asia Group in Washington, DC. She is affiliated with the Asia-Pacific Initiative in Tokyo as the inaugural Matsumoto-Samata Fellow.
Clyde Prestowitz has, for more than fifty years, studied, lived, and worked in Asia, Europe, and Latin America as well as in the United States and is known as a leading writer on trade, industrial policy and competitiveness. His best-selling books include: Trading Places, Rogue Nation, Three Billion New Capitalists, The Betrayal of American Prosperity and Japan Restored.
He was a leader of the first U.S. trade mission to China in 1982 and has served as an advisor to Presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, and Obama. He has also worked closely with CEOs such as Intel’s Andy Grove, Chrysler’s Lee Iacocca, and Fred Smith of Fedex.
As Counselor to the Secretary of Commerce in the Reagan administration, he headed negotiations with Japan, South Korea, and China. Under the Clinton administration he served as Vice Chairman of the Presidential Commission on Trade and Investment in the Asia-Pacific Region. He was also on the Board of Advisors to the Export/Import Bank. His most recent book The World Turned Upside Down: America, China, and the Struggle for Global Leadership (Yale University Press) was published in January 2021.
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