Past event

Research Event

Japan and Geo-Economics in Asia: The Rise of the TPP and AIIB

Chatham House, London

Asia Programme

Participants

Takashi Terada, Professor, Department of Political Science, Doshisha University, Japan
Chris Hughes, Professor of International Politics and Japanese Studies, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick
Shaun Breslin, Professor of Politics and International Studies, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick; Associate Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House
Chair: Michal Meidan, Associate Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House

Overview

The upsurge of recent policy activity around the TPP and AIIB is one sign of the intensifying Sino-US struggle to shape the economic and political order in the Asia-Pacific, characterised by the attempts of each power to impose their respective sets of norms and rules on regional economic agendas.

More specifically, the US push for TPP and China’s promotion of AIIB indicate the pronounced rise of conceptual competition over economic governance and development in Asian ‘geo-economics’.

This seminar examines the regional implications of Japan’s engagement in TPP and non-commitment to AIIB in spite of China’s persistent requests for its participation, and illustrates Japan’s increasingly assertive balancing behaviour with the US vis-à-vis China amidst the ongoing Sino-US power struggle over Asian geo-economics.

This event will be held on the record.