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China, Japan and the United States: Competition to Shape the Trade and Investment Order in the Asia Pacific

March 15, 2017


In the middle of the decade 2010s, the three largest economies in the Asia Pacific--China, Japan and the United States--put forward several major economic initiatives with the aim of shaping the regional trade and investment order. Among the most prominent are the U.S. and Japan-promoted Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), which the newly- inaugurated Trump administration has now abruptly repudiated, and the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which has gone forward. Dr. Katada analyses the motivations of these three governments and their strategies and interactions in shaping the regional economic order.


Saori N. Katada is Associate Professor at School of International Relations at University of Southern California. She was an Asian Studies Fellow at the East West Center in Washington in 2015. Katada is the author of several books and numerous articles on trade, financial and monetary cooperation in East Asia and foreign aid. She has her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Political Science) and B.A. from Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo).  Before joining USC, she served as a researcher at the World Bank in Washington D.C., and as International Program officer at the UNDP in Mexico City.


  • David Lam Centre for International Communication
  • School for International Studies

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March 15, 2017


SFU Harbour Centre
HC 7000 Earl & Jennie Lohn Policy Room
515 West Hastings St.,

Light refreshments will be served.