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The Geopolitics of East Asia and The New Geometries of Cooperation

November 3, 2016

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The Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI) hosted an event today on “The Geopolitics of East Asia: New Geometries of Competition and Cooperation”, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Japan in Rio de Janeiro. The speakers were Ambassador Shingo Yamagami from the Japan Institute for International Affairs (JIIA) and Professor Adriana Abdenur from Instituto Igarapé. The event was opened by Ambassador Valdemar Carneiro Leão, who served in both Japan and China and is a CEBRI Senior Fellow, leading the Center’s Thematic Program on Asia. Ambassador Yamagami’s presentation focused on “Possible Flashpoints in East Asia”, and it examined the on-going security situation in the area with its political dimensions. He discussed the impact of major increases in China’s defense budget and the accelerated pace of nuclear testing by North Korea, as well as China’s unilateral strategy to gain control in the South China Sea as well as the East China Sea via territorial disputes. Professor Abdenur urged Brazil and Latin America to think of Asia beyond China, as well as to not only think bilaterally. She examined how East Asia is undergoing deep political changes, and noted that the Brazil-Asia trade routes go through these flashpoints. The role of the U.S. in China was also debated, with its global repercussions. There was then a lively Q&A discussion on various topics, including China-North Korea relations; Philippines-U.S. relations; and the U.S. election’s impact on the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

Ambassador Yamagami’s presentation focused on “Possible Flashpoints in East Asia”, and it examined the on-going security situation in the area with its political dimensions. He discussed the impact of major increases in China’s defense budget and the accelerated pace of nuclear testing by North Korea, as well as China’s unilateral strategy to gain control in the South China Sea as well as the East China Sea via territorial disputes. Professor Abdenur urged Brazil and Latin America to think of Asia beyond China, as well as to not only think bilaterally. She examined how East Asia is undergoing deep political changes, and noted that the Brazil-Asia trade routes go through these flashpoints. The role of the U.S. in China was also debated, with its global repercussions. There was then a lively Q&A discussion on various topics, including China-North Korea relations; Philippines-U.S. relations; and the U.S. election’s impact on the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

 

Acess here the speaker's presentation Shingo Yamagami: "Possible Flashpoints" in East Asia

 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil

November 3, 2016
15:00 às 16:30

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