Security Dynamics in East Asia
On April 24, 2015, the East Asia Program at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs and the European Institute of Japanese Studies at Stockholm School of Economics organized a seminar on the security dynamics in East Asia.
Last month, China and Japan held their first high-level security talks in four years, following recent tensions over territorial and historical issues. Given the significant role of both countries in East Asia, a deteriorating Japan-China relationship would have a detrimental impact on the security environment of the region. As Tokyo has strong security ties with the United States, a Japan-China conflict could also have unpredictable consequences for regional and global security. What are the roots of the countries’ volatile relationship and how can the political tensions be reduced?
Dr Rex Li is Reader in International Relations and Director of East Asian Security and Peace Project, Liverpool John Moores University, UK. His latest book is A Rising China and Security in East Asia: Identity Construction and Security Discourse (London: Routledge, 2009).
Karl Gustafsson, Research Fellow, UI.
Hanna Sahlberg, China reporter, Swedish Radio.
Linus Hagström, Head of the East Asia Program at UI.