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U.S. Policies toward East Asia in the Wake of the 9.11 Terrorist Attacks

September 21, 2012 - 10:15-12:00

Open lecture with Associte Professor Yoneyuki SUGITA, Graduate School of Language and Culture, Osaka University, Osaka Japan.

This presentation explains U.S. policies toward East Asia after the 9.11 terrorist attacks, particularly examining the way in which the United States managed its relations with China and Japan. We can have a better understanding of post-9.11 U.S.-Japan relations in the context of an Iraq – Indian Ocean – North Korea nexus. Japan hastily but reluctantly assisted the United States in its efforts in Iraq and the Indian Ocean because Japan regarded U.S. help as vital for resolving what Japanese government officials and the media often call the “North Korea problem.” Similarly, in its relationship with China, Washington took advantage of a “North Korea-Taiwan-China” nexus. The 9.11 attacks compelled the United States to focus its attention on Afghanistan and Iraq. Consequently, Washington asked Hu Jintao to take leadership in organizing the Six-Party Talks on the North Korea question, which he accepted. In return, the United States supported China in its position regarding Taiwan. These developments generated a winner, China, which increased its influence significantly in northeastern Asia, while also creating a loser, Japan, which has increased its dependence on the United States in terms of the “North Korea problem.”
Venue: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Scheelevägen 15, room Alfa 1010
U.S. Policies toward East Asia in the Wake of the 9.11 Terrorist Attacks


September 21, 2012