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Waseda Global Asia Seminar

Rising China's Impact upon the American Alliance system in the East Asia

Date: January 29 (Tue), 2013

Time: 14:45-16:15

Venue: Room 501, 5th Floor, Building 19

Lecturer: Prof. KANG, Sung-Hack
College of Political Science & Economics, Korea University,
GSAPS Campus Asia-EAUI Program Exchange Researcher

Commentator: Prof. KATSUMA, Yasushi
Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University

Chair: Prof. MATSUOKA, Shunji
General Manager of Campus Asia-EAUI Program
Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University

Medium: English

Registration: NOT required

<Abstract>
Today, when Chinese political leaders express "peaceful development of China," almost all others are taking about "Rising China's threat to peace in East Asia." America is now said to have returned to Asia, though it has never left Asia since the end of the Asia-Pacific War in 1945.
As a matter of fact, it is not the contemporary scholars including John Mearsheimer, but Nicholars Spykman, the author of American Strategy in World Politics: the United States and Balance of Power, who first warned in the midst of the Asia-Pacific War in 1942 that the main difficulty of the US would not be Japan but China. Spykman predicted seventy years ago that the power potential of the former Celestial Kingdom was infinitely greater than that of the Land of the Cherry Blossom and once that power potential began to express itself in actual military strength, the position of a defeated Japan as a small off-shore island near the Asiatic mainland was going to be very uncomfortable. His prediction has unfortunately turned out to be true seventy years later, thereby the American allies as well as other East Asian countries are now debating the impact of the rising China.
Besides, the nuclear blackmailing North Korea is a de facto ally in gee-strategic configuration of East Asian international relations taking place m the brooding omnipresence of war. Nevertheless, it seems to me that American democratic allies have been sleeping without clear awareness of the looming danger. Free countries have a chronic disposition to ignore the threat by dictatorships. Doing too little or "under-balancing" is as much fatal as doing too much. The fact that slaughter is a horrifying spectacle must make us take war more seriously, but not provide an excuse for gradually blunting our swords in the name of humanity. I would like to make a "wake up call" to American democratic allies out of my planned research.

China's Crisis Diplomacy Decision-making in the Post Cold War Era

Date: January 29 (Tue), 2013

Time: 16:30-18:00

Venue: Room 501, 5th Floor, Building 19

Lecturer: Associate Prof. CHU, Xiaobo
School of International Studies, Peking University,
GSAPS Campus Asia-EAUI Program Exchange Researcher

Commentator: Mr. UEMURA, Takeshi
Research Associate of Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University

Chair: Prof. MATSUOKA, Shunji
General Manager of Campus Asia-EAUI Program
Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University

Medium: English

Registration: NOT required

<Abstract>
The increasingly complex and demanding task for China in its management of international crises after the Cold War has been a matter of great concern within both its policy-making community and academia. Drawing upon its traditional concept of crisis management as well as experience from the conduct of foreign relations since the founding of the People’s Republic, China has developed a highly effective and orderly policy-making mechanism for crisis diplomacy, trained a large number of outstanding diplomatic personnel, and attained remarkable achievements in this regard. In the future, it should have a better sense of management of external crises, put in place a fully functioning management mechanism and legal system, increase conceptual and theoretical creativeness in crisis, and constantly explore new paths in crisis diplomacy decision-making.

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