Transatlantic Perspectives on East Asia Working Lunch
On February 9, GMF’s Berlin office hosted a working lunch on “Transatlantic Perspectives on East Asia,” with a particular focus on U.S. and European interactions with China and Japan. Thomas Fingar, a former first deputy director of German national intelligence for analysis and chairman of the National Intelligence Council from 2005 to 2008, opened with some thoughts on the logic and execution of the U.S. rebalance to Asia, and the evolving reactions within the region to this policy. He discussed in some detail Chinese perceptions of the rebalance as well as the consequences for the United States’ European partners.
Joshua Walker, a non-resident transatlantic fellow with GMF’s Asia program, then offered some thoughts on recent developments in Japan under the administration of Prime Minister Shinzon Abe, and the consequences for Japan’s relations with both the United States and Europe. He explored in some detail the areas of overlap and complementary between Japanese and German security interests, suggesting this remained an underdeveloped relationship with considerable potential. Discussions with the attending policymakers and think tankers duly followed, with particular consideration given to transatlantic interactions with Asia’s complex array of regional organizations, as well as the relative prospects for a deal on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.