SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute

China and Japan: Strategic Partners or Competitors?

IMG - Xi and Abe
Various panellists

Date: 18 November 2019Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 18 November 2019Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT)

Type of Event: Panel Discussion

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The Chinese Government under Xi Jinping does not like or trust Prime Minister Shinzo Abe but it has proactively forged a good relationship with his administration.  Likewise, the Abe Administration is uncomfortable with the assertive approach of China’s leader but it has also responded positively.  How should the fact that the governments of both China and Japan remain deeply suspicious of each other and yet are working closely together be understood?  Are the two primarily strategic partners or strategic competitors?  Or should the complexity of their relationship require a new paradigm being used to contextualise it?


  • Panel Chair: Professor Steve Tsang (Director, SOAS China Institute)
  • Dr John Nilsson-Wright (University of Cambridge)
  • Sir David Warren (Former UK Ambassador to Japan. 2008 - 2012)
  • Roderic Wye (Chatham House)

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This event is open to the public and free to attend, however registration is required. Online Registration


IMG - Japan protest in Beijing 2012

Photo credits: [1] Shinz┼Ź Abe and Xi Jinping - November 2017 (Source) [2] Anti-Japanese demonstrations in Beijing - 2012 (Source)

Organiser: SOAS China Institute and the SOAS Japan Research Centre (JRC)

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