In 2007, JCIE launched a study and dialogue project aimed at developing a deeper understanding of the complex dynamics of the China-Japan-US trilateral relationship, identifying the issues central to managing stable and cooperative relations, and examining ways of promoting more meaningful cooperation on key challenges. The project brought together a multi-country team of leading experts to undertake a systematic, in-depth analysis of the dynamics of the trilateral relationship. It was designed to encourage top policymakers in all three countries to gain a deeper understanding of this key relationship and a greater commitment to trilateral cooperation.

One senior participant and three emerging intellectual leaders were selected from each country and the team members analyzed a wide range of topics—including the emergence of regional community, financial cooperation, and tensions in the Taiwan Straits—in the context of the trilateral relationship. The project leaders held a series of planning meetings throughout the spring of 2007, and the first paper writers
workshop was convened in Tokyo on October 14–16, 2007. A second workshop took place in Beijing on June 29 and 30, 2008. The participants met for a third and final workshop in Honolulu on March 12–13, 2009. The findings from the project were published in 2010 in English and Japanese as Getting the Triangle Straight: Managing China-Japan-US Relations.


Tokyo Workshop: October 14–16, 2007

Beijing Workshop: June 29–30, 2008

Honolulu Workshop: March 12–13, 2009

Tokyo Seminar on Managing China-Japan-US Relations and Strengthening Trilateral Cooperation: November 16, 2010


Project Directors

China |  WANG JISI, Dean, School of International Studies, Peking University
Japan |  RYOSEI KOKUBUN, Director, Institute of East Asian Studies, Keio University
United StatesGERALD CURTIS, Burgess Professor of Political Science, Columbia University

Project Participants

FAN SHIMING, Associate Professor, Peking University
GUI YONGTAO, Assistant Professor, Peking University
ZHANG HAIBIN, Associate Professor, Peking University

AOYAMA RUMI, Professor, Waseda University
MATSUDA YASUHIRO, Senior Fellow, National Institute of Defense Studies
SASUGA KATSUHIRO, Associate Professor, Tokai University

United States
M. TAYLOR FRAVEL, Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
ANDREW OROS, Assistant Professor, Washington College
SAADIA PEKKANEN, Professor, University of Washington