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China Research Day 2017: China-US relations and Asian security

by December 18, 2017 General

East Asia has for decades been a haven of stability. Despite the historical grievances affecting the intra-regional relations politically, the economic interdependencies have made the region’s actors seek cooperation over conflict. Recently, worries have emerged about the situation changing. China’s actions in the East and South China Seas can be regarded as more assertive than before, the presidency of Donald Trump has introduced a heightened level of tension in China–US relations, and the bold nuclear and missile tests by North Korea have actualized the risk of a military confrontation in the region in an unprecedented manner. The theme “China–US Relations and Asian Security” will be discussed by two prominent keynote speakers, highlighting the views from Asia and China in particular.

The China Research Day 2017 is organized jointly by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, the Finnish China Law Center, the Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki, the Confucius Institute of the University of Helsinki, and the Finnish Network for Asian Studies. The event is part of the Asian Studies Days 2017, sponsored by the Joel Toivola Foundation.


13:00 Tea and coffee

13:30 Welcoming words and introduction to the theme
Julie CHEN, Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Helsinki

The United States and China Today: The Emerging Strategic Retrenchment in Dynamic Uncertainties
SHI Yinhong, Professor of International Relations, Renmin University of China

Comments: Sabine BURGHART, University Lecturer, Center for East Asian Studies, University of Turku

China’s Strategy in the South China Sea Dispute
LI Mingjiang, Professor, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Comments: Jyrki KALLIO, Senior Research Fellow, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs


The event is chaired by Elina SINKKONEN, Senior Research Fellow, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

15:30 End of seminar

For further information, please contact:
Kukka-Maria Kovsky, tel. +358 9 432 7718,