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China's Economic and Diplomatic Resurgence is Subject of Lecture at Pomona College

Akio Kawato, veteran Japanese diplomat and chief economist at the Research Institute of Capital Formation at the Development Bank of Japan, will discuss China’s resurgence and it’s influence on all Asian politics and societies – as well as its immense economic, political and strategic impact on the U.S. on Thursday, September 29. The lecture is sponsored by the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College.

China’s international profile has risen dramatically in recent years, both as an economic force and as host and a key player in the six-party talks with North Korea, South Korea, the U.S., Japan and Russia aimed at prodding the Kim Jong-Il regime to give up its nuclear weapons program.

Prior to joining the Development Bank of Japan, Kawato worked for more than 30 years in Japan’s Foreign Ministry. Among his many positions, he served as Head of the Eastern Europe Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Consul-General of Japan in Boston and as the Minister of the Embassy of Japan in Russia.

In this lecture, entitled “How China Changed Asia: The View from Japan,” Kawato will advocate retaining the U.S./Japan alliance and explain the necessity of that alliance to be connected with a multilateral Asian security network, with China also playing a significant role.

This lecture, which is open to the public, will begin at 4:15 p.m. and be held in the Hahn Building (Room 101, 420 N. Harvard Avenue, Claremont). For more information, call (909) 607-8065.

The Pacific Basin Institute is dedicated to expanding and enhancing comity and shared knowledge among the nations and cultures that face the Pacific. A valued study, media production and research center for the distinguished, PBI also offers books, films and lecture programs to a general as well as academic audience. Since the turn of the past century Pomona College has been a leader in Asian Studies among American universities.