AGI Lecture: Abe goes to Beijing: Seismic shift, or minor tremor?

Date: Monday, October 29, 2018, 1230 – 1400

Venue: Asia Global Institute, MB 328, 3/F Main Building, HKU

Japan’s Prime Minister Abe Shinzō is about to pay his first official state visit to China, including a call on President Xi Jinping. It will be the first Japanese state visit in seven years. The visit comes on the back of China’s Premier Li Keqiang being the first Chinese leader to pay an official state visit to Japan in eight years. China’s official media have quoted Xi calling it a return to a ‘normal path’ and ‘an important opportunity for improvement’. But is it? And what will come next? What does this mean for the region?

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Enze Han
Associate Professor
Department of Politics and Public Administration
The University of Hong Kong










Yoshikazu Kato
Adjunct Associate Professor
Asia Global Institute
The University of Hong Kong











Ryan Manuel
Policy Research Director
Asia Global Institute
The University of Hong Kong

Speakers’ Biography:

Enze Han is an Associate Professor at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong (HKU).  He holds a Ph.D in Political Science from the George Washington University in the United States, and was a postdoctoral research fellow in the China and the World Program at Princeton University and a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS, University of London.

Yoshikazu Kato is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Asia Global Institute at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He has been a research fellow and lecturer at Keio, Harvard and Johns Hopkins universities and a columnist for the New York Times (Chinese edition), among other publications. He holds B.A and M.A in International Relations from Peking University, and is the author of a number of books on China and Japan.

Ryan Manuel is Director of Policy Research, and a former AsiaGlobal Fellow, at the Asia Global Institute, University of Hong Kong. He was previously an academic at Oxford University and The Australian National University, a Senior China Analyst with the Australian government and a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. Dr Manuel’s most recent work is a book called How to Rule in China, which created large databases of Chinese government and Party documentation and other primary source material in order to analyze how rules are made and followed in various parts of the Chinese political system. He holds a doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.