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Challenges for the Indo-Pacific: A Japanese Perspective

Although not a new notion, the Indo-Pacific is a concept that has recently drawn renewed traction in world affairs.

The original meaning of Indo-Pacific was of geographical character, comprising an area stretching from the Indian to the Pacific oceans, including the huge Asian territorial reach. But in recent years the Indo-Pacific has been endowed with a new geopolitical connotation, with the emergence of China and the new contest for preeminence between regional and global actors over Asia and the Western Pacific. The Indo-Pacific concept is now increasingly used by strategists and policy makers in countries like Japan, India, Australia and the US to lay out the contours of their regional policies and national security strategies.

Promoting stability in such a vast region presents immense challenges. How to effectively manage the great power competition and prevent destructive dynamics in the US-China relationships? How to achieve a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula? How to manage tensions in the South China Sea and peaceful interactions on the oceans? As a core Asian actor, Japan has a direct interest in these questions, largely shaped by its perception of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Prof. Michito Tsuruoka of Keio University, a leading expert of Japanese security policy, will share his view on the notion of a free and open indo-pacific. The discussion will be moderated by Dr Paul Vallet, associate fellow at the GCSP.

A light lunch and drinks will be provided before the discussion at 12:30.

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