[I-House Academy] Japan and China: Toward Asia-Pacific Cooperation

[An edited version of this lecture is available in the IHJ Bulletin, Vol.27, No.1, 2007.]

  • Lecturer: Peter Drysdale, Professor, Emeritus Professor of Economics and
  • Visiting Fellow in Public Policy in the Crawford School of Economics and Government
  • at the Australian National University; and former Executive Director of the
  • Australia-Japan Research Centre.
  • Moderator & Commentator: Eiichi Katahara, Chief, First Research Office,
  • Research Department, National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS)
  • Date & Time: Tuesday, May 22, 2007, 7:00 pm
  • Venue: Lecture Hall, International House of Japan
  • Admission Fee: 1,500 yen (Students: 1,000 yen, IHJ Members: Free)
  • Language: English/Japanese (with simultaneous translation)

Stable and cooperative relations of Japan and China, the two giants in East Asia, are increasingly seen as a central element in regional affairs as well as important to global arrangements. This lecture will examine the role of Japan and China in the Asia-Pacific region and how Japan-China relations might contribute to regional political, economic and social development. Prof. Peter Drysdale, the pre-eminent scholar on regional cooperation and integration in East Asia and the Pacific, will explore the future of Japan-China relations as the two countries search for common ground and shared interests in a multilateral framework, beyond bilateralism.

Peter Drysdale

Peter DrysdaleDr Drysdale received his Ph.D. from the Australian National University and is a well-known scholar of East Asian and Japanese economic policies. His main work has focused on the development of Asia Pacific economic cooperation and was instrumental in the establishment of APEC. Until 2002 he served as Executive Director of the Australia-Japan Research Centre, greatly contributing to the promotion of friendly and cooperative relations between Australia and Japan. He has written numerous papers and books including International Economic Pluralism: Economic Policy in East Asia and the Pacific (Columbia and Allen and Unwin,1988) for which he was the first recipient of the Asia Pacific Awards in 1989, co-organized by the Asian Affairs Research Council and the Mainichi Newspapers. He is a Member of the Order of Australia, was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, with Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, received the Weary Dunlop Award for contributions to Australia’s relations with Asia and was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for his work on East Asian and Pacific economic relations.

Eiichi Katahara

Dr. Katahara received his Ph.D. in International Studies from Griffith University. His research interests are mainly in international relations in Asia and the Pacific. His publications include “Japan: From Containment to Normalization,” in Muthiah Alagappa (ed.) Coercion and Governance (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001) and a chapter on the USA in East Asian Strategic Review 2007 (Tokyo: NIDS, 2007).