This fourth session saw three experts Prof. Akio Takahara (University of Tokyo), Prof. Kazuyuki Suwa (University of Shizuoka) and Mr. Bonji Ohara (Senior Fellow of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation) discuss the implications of the Biden Presidency for the US-China’s ever-intensifying conflict amid the global pandemic, as well as China’s awareness and potential actions and responses in coming months.
For our 2020 webinar series’ third session, we invited Prof. Akio Takahara (University of Tokyo) and Dr. Naoko Eto (Associate Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Developing Economies, JETRO), along with Sasakawa Peace Foundation’s Senior Fellow Mr. Bonji Ohara to examine the ways in which China attempted at increasing its influence in the international community by displaying the country’s handling of Covid-19 and also through mask diplomacy, with a focus on China’s so-called “discourse power” previously elaborated in Dr. Eto’s paper.
On our second round of the webinar in 2020, Prof. Akio Takahara of the University of Tokyo, Prof. Tomoki Kamo of Keio University, and Mr. Bonji Ohara, Senior Fellow of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation got together to discuss how to perceive China's external posture, what kind of changes to observe in the country's policymaking process and so on with a focus on “unified leadership” argued in Prof. Kamo’s paper, especially when China’s hardline external stance or claims are said to be increasingly obvious as seen in their mask diplomacy and handling of Hong Kong.
In 2020, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation’s SPF China Observer has been offering experts’ analyses through our China Observer website in various fields concerning the impact of Covid-19 on Chinese politics, economics, society, diplomacy and security, as well as the US-China political war and the international order. With the desirable post-pandemic mode of communication in mind, we intend to further deepen these analyses through discussions, and continue to publish the contents via online for the society at large.
For the first session of the webinar (July 27, 2020), we invited Prof. Akio Takahara of the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Public Policy, for a discussion with Mr. Bonji Ohara, Senior Fellow of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation on the significance of interdisciplinary examination connecting different situations in Chinese politics, economics, society, diplomacy and security, based on our previously published Covid-19 related studies.
On September 4, 2019, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation hosted the public forum SPF China Observer, “The Implications of China-Russia Military Cooperation.” China has issued its National Defense White Paper for the first time in the last four years, on July 24, 2019. It revealed that China has made up its mind to adopt a confrontational stance against the U.S. However, China is trying to portray this confrontation as that between the U.S. and the international community and has been seeking cooperation with other states. Among them, China-Russia relations are exceptionally close. The two are to further deepen military cooperation, and a joint patrol mission by aircraft from both states has carried out on July 23. What is the China-Russia military cooperation, a matter that greatly concerns the security environment surrounding Japan? The forum featured a discussion between Mr. Yu Koizumi, Project Assistant Professor of the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo, and an expert on military affairs and security of Russia and China, and Mr. Bonji Ohara, Senior Fellow of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.
On July 24, 2019, SPF hosted a public forum entitled “SPF China Observer: A new U.S.-China Cold War? A look at China’s true intentions.” From escalating trade frictions to technological competition, the ongoing confrontation between the U.S. and China continues to affect not only economic relations, but also spans into the security and political realms as well.
In the face of extreme pressure from the U.S., China also appears to be setting the stage for a long-term battle. Given these circumstances, what are China’s ultimate objectives, and how will the country act moving forward? To address these questions and more, the forum assembled a panel of specialists in Chinese politics, economics, society, diplomacy, and security for in-depth discussions.
On September 29, 2018, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation hosted the public forum SPF China Observer, “China in Turmoil”. On this occasion of the first anthology publication, the SPF invited contributing authors for a discussion about “China in Turmoil”.
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation’s project, the study of contemporary China – “SPF China Observer” –, held a public forum on March 6, 2018. In the midst of a power shift said to be underway due to the “rise of China,” this forum aimed to understand China’s foreign policy and discuss changes in the international order as well as how to respond to these changes.
The forum featured a discussion between Ms. Bonnie Glaser, director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS); Prof. Akio Takahara of the University of Tokyo; and Mr. Bonji Ohara, Senior Fellow of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.