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Problems in Sino-Japanese Relations, 1992-2042

Ezra F. Vogel Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University

Since the end of the Second World War, Sino-Japanese relations have gone through a number of phases. While, there have been stages where both countries have successfully deepened ties, and maintained steady relations, the last decade primarily has seen these relations turn sour. Significant economic competition, with an increase in military tensions, has begun to define relations between these two states.

On November 8, 2017, the Society of Security and Diplomatic Policy Studies hosted Professor Ezra F. Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University, for a talk titled, "Problems in Sino-Japanese Relations, 1992-2042"

Discussion highlights

In his introductory remarks, Professor Vogel highlighted Sino-Japanese relations under Deng Xiaoping. He stated that during Deng Xiaoping's leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), relations between both countries were warm, and much progress was made during this time. Professor Vogel attributed this to the fact that as a leader Deng Xiaoping was very forward looking. He sought Japan's aid and assistance in the modernization of China but he also sought to build a Sino-Japanese relationship for the future. He acknowledged the historical animosity between both nations, but he was forward-looking and sought to build a peaceful and better future. Deng Xiaoping's success in building better ties with Japan was also reflected in the warm welcome he had received when he visited Japan in October 1978.

He farther discusses as follows.

Reasons for the deterioration in Sino-Japanese relations post 1992

Factors that will influence China's behavior in the future

Three Possible scenarios for the future of Sino-Japanese relations

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Commemorating a Quarter Century of Dispatches of the JSDF's PKO Units: Challenges and Possibilities in the Post South Sudan

Takayuki Shoji Lecturer, Nihon University

This year 2017 is a historical milestone for Japan's international peace cooperation. This is because the International Peace Cooperation Law, introduced in June 1992 under the Miyazawa Cabinet, celebrated its 25th anniversary. The "International Peace Cooperation Law 25th Anniversary Special Page" was opened on the official website of the Secretariat of the International Peace Cooperation Headquarters, Cabinet Office, and the relevant announcements were placed in many newspapers. This demonstrates how the International Peace Cooperation Law is important.

However, we need to examine problems with operations based on the International Peace Cooperation Law. The Self Defense Forces (SDF) engineering units that were dispatched to South Sudan (The Republic of South Sudan after its independence) in January 2012 engaged in infrastructure development and defense exchanges, and finished their activities this year. Japan now only dispatches staff officers and liaison/coordination personnel to the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) .

 Dispatching units to UNMISS was the first case after a partial but critical amendment of the International Peace Cooperation Law in 2015. For every unit dispatch requested by the United Nations to Japan in future, this experience will inevitably be referred to. In this sense, it is necessary to consider what problems were faced over the dispatch of the South Sudan PKO. Also, what initiatives can be considered to be undertaken when looking at post-South Sudan? Such a review will provide a platform for a constructive and realistic debate on future PKO activities.

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Letter

Mr. Akiyama posted "The Butterfly Project-A possibility of showing a solution to the North Korea problem-"

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Society of Security and Diplomatic Policy Studies (SSDP)

China is rising and may become a regional hegemon in not-so- distant future. Ascending India and the resurgence of Russia also illustrate the fact that we face a rapid power transition in Asia. Against this backdrop, Japan, as a major regional power, and its security strategy and diplomatic policy will be put to the test. With this in mind, the Society of Security and Diplomatic Policy Studies (SSDP) was founded in October, 2016. The SSDP will also conduct public diplomacy through its research projects. Japanese foreign relations vis-à- vis the neighboring states are likely to mark a new chapter in the near future and therefore, our research endeavors and other activities will be consequential.

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  • The 8th SSDP discussion session was held on December18 to discuss "Destabilized Middle East".
  • The 7th SSDP discussion session was held on October 9 to discuss "19th CCP National Congress".
  • A special session was held on October 8 to hear a lecture on "Problems in Sino-Japanese Relations, 1992-2042"
  • The 6th SSDP discussion session was held on September 28 to hear a lecture on the Future of the Asia-Pacific Region.
  • A special session was held on September 19 to discuss a New Trend in India's Foreign Policy and Japan.
  • The 5th SSDP discussion session was held on July 20 to discuss an economic interdependence and its action on politics
  • A special session was held on June 30 to discuss The prospect of European politics and its implication on the Japan"s diplomatic policy
  • The 4 th SSDP discussion session was held on May 31 to discuss the two great powers, the US and China, and the implication on Japan's diplomatic policy.
  • The Japan-Taiwan Strategic Dialogue was held in Taipei on May 15 to discuss the Trump administration's influence on the region, in particular Taiwan.
  • The Japan-Philippines Strategic Dialogue was held in Manila on January 31 to discuss the strategic environments for each country and the two countries' cooperation.
  • The third SSDP discussion session was held on January 23, 2017 to discuss Abenomics and Trump.
  • The second SSDP discussion session was held on December 7, 2016 to discuss Trump and his security policy.
  • The first SSDP discussion session was held on October 14, 2016 to discuss the Korean Peninsula issues.
  • Society of Security and Diplomatic Policy Studies (SSDP) was founded by AKIYAMA Associates (Masahiro Akiyama, president) in October, 2016.
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