• Adelphi Books

    The Ties That Divide

    24 October 2014.  In this Adelphi William Choong argues that there is a pressing need for China and Japan to work out bilateral arrangements to prevent a further deterioration in relations.

  • Strategic Comments

    Hong Kong’s protests hint at deeper problems for China

    22 October 2014. 

    The current protests reflect underlying political, social and cultural fissures between Hong Kong and mainland China. How this immediate test is handled could prove fundamentally important to the integrity of the country and government.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Three: Perceptions, postures and instability

    16 October 2014.  China and Japan are, according to some observers, locked in a security dilemma, where mutual mistrust leads each to pursue defensive measures that the other regards as threatening.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Two: The Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute

    16 October 2014. 

    The Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands comprise five islets and three rocks in the East China Sea about 200km northeast of Taiwan, 400km west of Okinawa and 300km east of the Chinese mainland

  • Adelphi Books


    16 October 2014. 

    Achieving political understanding between Beijing and Tokyo will not be easy, but continuing with the current course would be an exercise in folly.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter One: The historical context

    16 October 2014. 

    Two milennia of relations: for Japan, from prehistory to relatively recent times, the outside world  was China.

  • Adelphi Books


    16 October 2014. 

    Disputes over historiography and the Senkakus/Diaoyus, coupled with an increased focus on the part of both navies towards the East China Sea, have increased the likelihood of military conflict in a region of vital importance to the global economy.

  • Events

    Changing Asia-a Japanese Perspective: How to Read Asia Today

    13 October 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Ichiro Fujisaki 
    President, America–Japan Society, Inc;
    Distinguished Professor and Chairman of International Strategies, Sophia University, Tokyo;
    Distinguished Professor, Keio University, Tokyo;
    Former Ambassador of Japan to the US
    Arundel House, London
    Monday, 13 October 2014

  • Expert Commentary

    Straits Times: Regionalism with Chinese Characteristics

    07 October 2014.  By William Choong, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security  In recent months, China has been lining up its own franchise of multilateral organisations in Asia. Speaking in May, President Xi Jinping told delegates at a security summit in Shanghai that Asia's problems should be solved by Asians. The Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures (CICA) is a group of more than 20 mostly Asian countries. Japan and the U.S. were...

  • IISS Voices

    Antoine Levesques: A rocky road to the border for Xi and Modi

    02 October 2014.  By Antoine Levesques, Research Associate for South Asia The border dispute between Asia’s two giant neighbours imposed itself on the agenda of the recent Xi–Modi summit devoted to trade and economics. But with time on their side and plenty of political capital at home, they can take new steps to manage their increasing assertiveness in the Himalayas without upsetting their delicate balance of rivalry and cooperation. Xi Jinping’s 17–19 September...

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