Sino-Japanese Relations: Rival or Partner for Regional Cooperation


Sunday, December 6, 2009


This conference is jointly organized by the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP) in Stockholm, Sweden and Keio University, Tokyo, Japan.

The conference is funded by a grant from the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), Stockholm, Sweden. An edited volume edited by Dr. Niklas Swanström (ISDP) and Prof. Ryosei Kokubun (Keio University) will be the main outcome of the conference.


Saturday, December 5
19:00 Welcome dinner – restaurant SAKURA, International House of Japan

Sunday, December 6
Presentation: 20min, discussion: 20 min
9:00-9:20 Introduction (Ryosei Kokubun, Niklas Swanström, Chapter 1)
9:20-10:00 Setting the terminology
Moving from crisis management to regional cooperation: clarifying concepts (Martina Klimesova, Institute for Security and Development Policy – ISDP, Chapter 2)
10:00-12:00 Current bilateral relations
Sino-Japanese relations: a Japanese perspective (Hiroki Takeuchi, Southern Methodist University, Chapter 3)
Sino-Japanese relations: a Chinese perspective (Fu Xiao, China Foundation for International & Strategic Studies – CFISS, Chapter 4)
Sino-Japanese relations: the American factor (Peter Gries, University of Oklahoma, Chapter 5)

12:00-13:20 Lunch

13:20-15:20 Multilateral structures
Sino-Japanese Strategic Relations in Multilateral Regional Frameworks (Yasuhiro Takeda, National Defence Academy of Japan, Chapter 6)

The Future of the Korean Peninsula and Great Power Relations in Northeast Asia (Gui Yongtao – Peking University’s School of International Relations, Chapter 7)

Regional structures in NEA: Whiter and what? (Niklas Swanström, Institute for Security and Development Policy, Chapter 8)

15:20-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-16:40 Multilateral structures
Sino-Japanese relations: from bilateral to multilateral? (Rumi Aoyama, Waseda University, Chapter 9)

16:40-18:00 Where are we moving?
Sino-Japanese relations: “1972 framework” to “2006 framework” (Ryosei Kokubun, Chapter 11)

Power, Soft and Hard: U.S., China, and Northeast Asia in the Financial and North Korea Crises (Shi Yinhong, Renmin University; Chapter title: “China in North East Asia: From a Perspective of China’s Interest with Regional Security and Integration” Chapter 12)

18:00-18:30 Conclusion (Ryosei Kokubun, Niklas Swanström)

19:30 Dinner

List of Participants

(in alpahetical order)

Prof. Rumi Aoyama
Waseda University

Ms. Fu Xiao
Associate Research Fellow, China Foundation for International & Strategic Studies (CFISS)

Dr. Peter Gries
Harold J. & Ruth Newman Chair in US-China Issues, Director & Associate Professor University of Oklahoma

Dr. Gui Yongtao
Assistant Professor of International Relations, School of International Relations, Peking University

Ms. Martina Klimesova
PhD Candidate and Project Coordinator, Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP)

Prof. Ryosei Kokubun
Dean of the Faculty of Law, Keio University

Prof. SHI Yinhong
Professor of International Relations, Director of Center for American Studies, Renmin University

Dr. Niklas Swanström
Director, Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP)

Prof. Yasuhiro Takeda
National Defense Academy of Japan

Dr. Hiroki Takeuchi
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Southern Methodist University