You Are Invited: Game Change in the Asia-Pacific: The South China Sea and TPP

  THE ASIA PROGRAM, THE KISSINGER INSTITUTE ON CHINA AND THE UNITED STATES, and

THE PROGRAM ON AMERICA AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMY

 Present

 Game Change in the Asia-Pacific: The South China Sea and TPP

 Tuesday, March 27, 2012     4:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m.

5th Floor Conference Room

 Speaker:

 Takashi Terada, Professor, Doshisha University; Wilson Center Japan Scholar

 China has recently been a major force in political games in the Asia-Pacific. For example, it has succeeded in partly disengaging the United States from the trade framework in Southeast Asia by promoting “low quality” Free Trade Agreements in the region. China has also viewed the ASEAN Regional Forum and East Asia Summit as convenient non-binding and consensus-based arenas that allow Beijing to avoid dealing with hard issues such as maritime disputes in the South China Sea. The Obama administration’s much-discussed “Asia Pivot” is an attempt to reinsert the United States into regional political games and is perhaps most evident in the administration’s focus on the Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral FTA. How is the United States’ reemergence as a regional player changing the existing components of the political game? What trade and strategic initiatives is Washington undertaking? How will other regional players, such as Japan and India, respond to American and Chinese moves?

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