With the arrival of the Biden administration, an increased focus on China is clear in the speeches of senior U.S. officials and drafts of strategic documents. It looks like across-the-board competition with China is becoming the core of U.S. foreign policy. One of the instruments that Washington is using to limit China’s assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region is the reinvigorated Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD) with Japan, Australia, and India.

At the same time, China's own foreign policy has shifted significantly since 2012. Russia, meanwhile, is not the most influential player in Indo-Pacific geopolitics, but in tandem with China, that might change.

  • What is driving change in both U.S. and Chinese foreign policy strategies?
  • How does Japan view the evolution of U.S.-China relations? Is this an opportunity to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance?
  • How likely are changes in China's behavior toward its neighbors, including Japan, India, and Australia?
  • How does Tokyo view the current state of China-Russia ties? Is the relationship between Moscow and Beijing seen as important, or should the U.S. and its allies refrain from overhyping its significance?

These questions and much more were on the agenda in a discussion featuring Akio Takahara, a professor of contemporary Chinese politics at the Graduate Schools for Law and Politics and the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo; and Alexander Gabuev, chair of the Russia in the Asia-Pacific program at the Carnegie Moscow Center.

The event was be held in English with simultaneous interpretation into Russian.