GEM PhD School

Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism

Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate

Asia Paradox: Supremacy of Realism over European Liberalism ?

Wednesday 1 October 2014 , 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Lecture by Pr. Takashi TERADA

(Doshisha University, Kyoto)


This seminar aims to elucidate causation behind the emergence of what is called “Asia Paradox”, signifying the growing mutual economic interdependence and increasing mutual unreliability among Asian states. A chief factor can be attributed to China’s ambition to translate economic prowess to sustain the political challenges to the existing regional as well as global orders, subsequently provoking Japan’s and America’s strategic responses, as symbolized in the slogan of “Proactive Pacifism” and “Asia Pivot”, respectively. This indicates Asia’s growing economic interdependence, spurred by China’s deliberate economic diplomacy, entails such great-power competitions and acts as a political destabilizing factor for the development of regional economic integration. The seminar intends to prove that “Asia Paradox” is being more embedded in regional structure in East Asia especially after Shinzo Abe was reelected as Japan’s Prime Minister in December 2012, by illustrating China-Japan power struggles over shaping a new economic and strategic order in East Asia

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