Japan and Cross-Strait Relations: Why Japan-Taiwan Relations Continue to Grow
The rise of China has raised the level of tension throughout Northeast Asia, intensifying competition between China and Japan. Taiwan is often seen as caught between the two, pressured on the one hand by China for closer relations, and lured by shared interests with Japan on the other. Madoka Fukuda will discuss the current state of Japan-Taiwan relations, and examine why relations between Tokyo and Taipei continue to develop despite Chinese pressure and improved cross-strait relation. Fukuda will focus on how liberal and democratic values shared between the two countries have been able to overcome friction over historical and territorial issues.