EVENT VIDEO: One issue that could seriously derail the aspiration of prosperity in the Asian Century is an escalation of the rivalry between China and Japan into a mendacious dispute over islands in the East China Sea. The hope is that a military dispute can be avoided, but that is far from certain, and bad blood between Asia’s largest economies is at best a diversion and at worst a disaster.
Both countries have new leaders. On the left is China’s president, Xi Jinping who is the son of Xi Zhongxun, a revolutionary hero of the Communist Party in Chairman Mao’s day in the fight to drove the Japanese invaders out of China.
Appropriately, the prospects for conflict (or cooperation) between Asia’s two superpowers was the subject of our first meeting in the 2013 season where we welcomed Dr James Reilly, senior lecturer in Northeast Asian politics at the University of Sydney.
Dr Reilly is a noted and respected scholar of Chinese foreign policy, East Asian politics, and international relations. In the Department of Government and International Relations, he teaches undergraduate and post-graduate units on East Asian Politics and Chinese politics.
He is the author of Strong Society, Smart State: The Rise of Public Opinion in China’s Japan Policy (Columbia University Press, 2012), and the co-editor of Australia and China at 40 (UNSW Press, 2012).His articles have appeared in a number of academic journals, including: Asian Survey, China: An International Journal, Chinese Journal of International Politics, Japanese Journal of Political Science, Journal of Contemporary China, Modern Asian Studies, Survival, and Washington Quarterly. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from George Washington University and has also been a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford.