RIETI International Seminar

The Future of U.S.-China Economic Relations


U.S.-China economic relations have developed rapidly since China became a member of the WTO in 2001, reflecting its fast-paced economic growth. Consequently, economic, industrial, and political interests between the two countries in global issues such as U.S.-China trade investment and climate change have multiplied remarkably.

In this context, RIETI has invited Professor Harry Harding of The George Washington University, a leading expert in the field of U.S.-China relations who will present the findings of the 3rd annual report of the China Task Force, a joint effort of the Eurasia Group and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).

The China Task Force was created in 2005 to assess the risks associated with possible developments in China between 2006 and 2015. Its mission was to address both risks to China as it grapples with the consequences of rapid economic and social change, and also challenges and opportunities that China might present to the international community over that 10-year period.

The presentation will be followed by a roundtable discussion with participants to include RIETI researchers and METI policymakers.


  • Time and Date: 14:00-16:00, Wednesday, May 28, 2008
  • Venue: RIETI, 11th Floor, Annex, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), 1-3-1, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
  • Language: English / Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Admission: Free
  • Host: RIETI
  • Contact: RIETI, (Ms.) ISHIHARA Chieko (e-mail: rieti-kokusai@rieti.go.jp )
    Tel: 03-3501-1375

* A summary of results will be published on the RIETI website.

Roundtable Participants

  • SHIRAISHI Takashi (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Vice President and Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies)
  • KUBO Fumiaki (Professor, University of Tokyo Graduate Schools for Law and Politics [American politics])
  • TAKAHARA Akio (Professor, University of Tokyo Graduate Schools for Law and Politics [Chinese politics])
  • METI policymakers


14:00-14:05 Introduction

SHIRAISHI Takashi (Faculty Fellow, RIETI)

14:05-15:00 Presentation "Assessing Risk in U.S.-China Relations: Trade, Investment, Climate Change"

Harry HARDING (Professor of International Affairs, The George Washington University)

13:35 - 13:50 Discussion and Q&A

*Agenda is subject to change