Discussion: G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

Foreign ministers from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US recently gathered for a two-day meeting in Hiroshima, with an agenda primarily focused on anti-terrorism efforts, the refugee crisis and nuclear non-proliferation. But reports indicate that in the run-up to the meeting, Japan pushed for a higher focus on issues related to the South China Sea, and the meeting resulted in a statement warning against “provocation” in the region. As China and Japan prepare for a Beijing visit by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida later this month, how might Japan’s approach impact Sino-Japanese relations? And at the upcoming G7 summit in May, is Japan likely to push the same issues? What do Japan and the other G7 nations have to gain from deeper involvement in the South China Sea issue? Join us for a discussion with Mr. Yang Bojiang, Deputy Director at the Institute of Japanese Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Mr. Takesato Watanabe, Professor Emeritus at Kyoto’s Doshisha University and a media & information analyst; and Mr. Roderic Wye, Associate Fellow of the Asia Program at Chatham House.

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