Game Change in the Asia-Pacific: The South China Sea and TPP
March 27, 2012 // 4:00pm ─ 5:15pm
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars:
Program on America and the Global Economy
Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
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 ǒlow qualityō 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 ǒAsia Pivotō 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?
Location: 5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Event Speakers List:
Public Policy Scholar
Professor of International Political Economy, Waseda University
Takashi Terada (寺田贵) is Professor of International Relations at Organization for Asian Studies, Waseda University. He received his Ph.D from Australian National University in 1999. Before taking up the current position in April 2008, he was an assistant professor at National University of Singapore (1999-2006) and associate professor at Waseda University (2006-2008). His most recent works (written in English) include ‘The Origins of ASEAN+6 and Japan’s Initiatives: China’s Rise and the Agent-Structure Analysis’, The Pacific Review, 23(1) 2010, ‘Singapore and ASEAN’s Competitive Regionalism in Southeast Asia and beyond’ in M. Solis, S. Katada and B. Stallings (eds.) Competitive Regionalism: Explaining the Diffusion and Implications of FTAs in the World Economy (Palgrave 2009), ‘Japan and Evolution of Asian Regionalism: Responsible for Three Normative Transformations’ in Dieter, Heribert (ed.) The Evolution of Asian Regionalism: Economic and Security Issues (Routledge 2008), and Critical Perspectives in World Economy: Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, 5 Volumes, (Routledge 2007), co-edited with Peter Drysdale. He is the recipient of the 2005 J.G. Crawford Award.