china-japan flagsSTANFORD — The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center at Stanford University will present a “Sino-Japanese Rivalry” seminar series.

The historic rivalry between China and Japan, the source of two wars since the late 19th century and the catalyst for the wider war in the Pacific, is once again a matter of growing concern to scholars and policymakers.

Why does the past continue to shape the present relationship between these two Asian powers? And can they build a new, more forward-looking, relationship? These and other questions will be examined in this series.

• Thursday, Jan. 23: “Good Neighbor? Bad Neighbor? A Historical Perspective on Sino-Japanese Relations” by Peter Duus, William H. Bonsall Professor of History emeritus, Stanford University.

• Friday, Jan. 31: “Dangerous Waters: China and Japan in the East China Sea” by Richard Bush, senior fellow director, Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies, and Michael H. Armacost Chair, The Brookings Institution.

• Thursday, Feb. 6: “Powerful Patriots: China’s Management of Anti-Japanese Protest, 1985-2012,” by Jessica Chen Weiss, assistant professor of political science at Yale University and research fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.

• Thursday, April 3: “The Shadow of History and Sino-Japanese Relations” by Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of Social Sciences, emeritus, Harvard University.

All events take place in the Philippines Conference Room, Encina Hall, Third Floor, Central, from 12 to 1:15 p.m. RSVP required online at:



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