China’s rise: what consequences for the Asia power house?

How is China's rise perceived by other Asian countries? 

China's rise: what consequences for the Asia power house? by Ecfr on Mixcloud


Yoshihide Soeya, Director of the Institute of East Asian Studies, Keio University

Volker Stanzel, Senior Advisor to the Asia & China programme, ECFR

Chaired by

Isabel Hilton, CEO, China Dialogue Trust 


The order that has prevailed in Asia since 1945 can be said to be US-centric, with an emphasis on the provision of security. The opening of the US and European markets played a huge part in the development of most Asian economies. Now, the future prosperity of Asia is tied to its relationship with China and to China’s actions in the region, pursuing a future that is unmistakably Sino-centric. How is China’s rise perceived by other Asian countries? How do changes occurring in Asia put Europe’s own influence at stake? It is time for a European pivot to Asia?

This event saw the launch of ECFR’s publication ‘How do Asians see their future?’ which is available on ECFR’s website.

Yoshihide Soeya is the Director of the Institute of East Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the Faculty of Law of Keio University (Japan). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Japan Association of International Studies.

Volker Stanzel was the German Ambassador to China and Japan and the Political Director at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Volker is a Senior Adviser to the Asia and China programme at ECFR and a Member of its Council.

Isabel Hilton is the founder and CEO of chinadialogue. Previously Isabel was a writer and editor for a number of newspapers, including the Sunday Times, the Independent and the Guardian.