Political Science at UM

Mansfield Dialogue Lecture Series

Japan-U.S.-China: Japan's Indo-Pacific Diplomacy

Wednesday, October 28

Dr. Mie Oba, Professor at Kanagawa University, will reflect on critical relations between our three nations given the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The coronavirus disease pandemic has made clearer various trends and contradictions that emerged in the last decade. Japan had searched for a new direction in its diplomacy by proposing a free and open Indo-Pacific, while facing the transformation of regional order. Under the new administration, Japan will have to continue to address various severe problems to promote the free and open regional and international order. This lecture will review Japan’s Indo-Pacific diplomacy, with a focus on the U.S. and China.

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