Vietnam Academy Of Social Sciences

International scientific conference “China-Japan relations in the context of current competition between China and the United States”


In the morning of March 14th, 2019, at meeting hall 3D, the headquarters No.1 Lieu Giai, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) in collaboration with Embassy of Japan in Vietnam held a presentation and scientific conference with the topic “China-Japan relations in the context of current competition between China and the United States” by Prof. Shin Kawashima, University of Tokyo presented. The conference was chaired by Mr. Nguyen Thanh Ha, Head of the International Cooperation Department, the Academy and Mrs. Tsujimoto Chika - Head of Political Section, Embassy of Japan.

Attending the conference was leaders and researchers from units belonging to and directly under the Academy; representatives of the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam; the Chief, Deputy Chief Representative and representatives of JICA Vietnam; and a number of central research institutes, press agencies.

Professor Shin Kawashima presented at the conference  

Opening the conference was Professor Shin Kawashima's presentation which focused on the following four key issues:

The first issue: The current world situation in the context of the US-China competition. In the past 2000 years, China and India have been the main contributors to the world's GDP because these two countries have the first and second largest populations in the world respectively. However, in recent years, China has shown rapid growth due to technology adoption from Europe. Therefore, in the coming years, the problem that the US and Western countries fear is whether China will usurp them to lead in technological innovation.

The second issue: Why does the US have strict policies with China in recent times? Professor Shin Kawashima said that the development model of China is much different than imagining the United States. China launched a new model of international cooperation, which is win-win economic cooperation that will create partnerships, thereby forming a group of friends to share the common destiny, no based on democracy. Americans feel that they have reached the limit of tolerance and began to shape a tendency to criticize China in many ways. This criticism also spread to allied countries.

The third issue: The change in Chinese foreign policy. Typical of Chinese foreign policy is the “One Belt, One Road” strategy. This strategy aims to implement China's new foreign policy, requiring countries to strengthen respect for each other's core interests, and claim to accept only one order in the three world orders that take America centered - it is the United Nations and United Nations organizations.

The fourth issue: The relationship between China and Japan in the current context. Since 2017, Japan has begun to change policies with China. Japan has invited senior Chinese leaders to visit Japan, appreciating the Belt and Road Initiative with four requirements for transparency, openness, economic balance and financial ownership of developing countries. In the context of rising China-US tension, these moves of Japan brought the two countries' relations from negative to zero because territorial issues could not be resolved soon.

Panoramic conference

Professor Shin Kawashima's presentation was highly appreciated by scholars for its profoundness, comprehensiveness and also received a lot of questions around key issues such as How is Japan's role in Pacific security architecture; What policies does Japan have to meet the changes of the Trump administration; Does China has made concessions in territorial disputes with neighboring countries; the prospect of the “One Belt, One Road” initiative. The professor took and answered in detail all the questions of scientists. At the same time, he also highly praised the Vietnamese government for maintaining a balanced relationship between Vietnam - China, Vietnam - America over the past time; In particular, the successful organization the 2nd DPRK-USA Summit in February enhanced the position of Vietnam.

The delegates took souvenir photos at the conference
At the end of the conference, Master Nguyen Thanh Ha - Head of the International Cooperation Department thanked Professor Shin Kawashima for the positive reviews of Vietnam's role in the international arena. Mr. Nguyen Thanh Ha said that the Vietnamese government, the Japanese embassy, and JICA need to organize many conferences to exchange science and get more experts, Japanese policymakers to Vietnam in general and the Academy in particular; thereby enhancing the relationship between Vietnam and Japan. The Master confirmed that the greatest value in the relationship is the “trustworthy value”, and need to build balanced relationships at all levels from the governments to the people of the two countries, thereby building stable general peace for the region. In his summary statement, Mr. Nguyen Thanh Ha also suggested topics for seminars in the coming time such as the Quartet Relations, the relationship between Japan-China…

Hong Nhung


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