In their millennia-long rivalry, Japan and China have never been powerful simultaneously. China’s surpassing Japan in 2011 to become the world’s second largest economy, accompanied by its rising military might and assertiveness toward Japan, occurred in the same year as Japan’s unprecedented triple disaster, from which it has yet to recover. The apparent decline of Japan poses geopolitical problems for the United States, which is allied to Japan through a mutual security treaty. Prof. Dreyer will examine how best to gauge the two countries’ trajectories and assess what it means for the United States.
June Teufel Dreyer, FPRI Senior Fellow, is a professor of political science at the University of Miami and co-director of its China program. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wellesley College, a master’s in East Asian Studies from Harvard, and a joint Ph.D. in government and East Asian studies from Harvard. Prof. Dreyer has done field research in China, Taiwan, and Japan. She has served as Chief Far East Specialist for the Library of Congress and as Asia Advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations. She has published numerous books and articles on such topics as ethnic minorities in China, the Chinese military, Asia-Pacific security issues, and is the author of China’s Political System: Modernization and Tradition, coming out with its 9th edition soon. She is now preparing a book on Sino-Japanese relations.
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