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Boston University Center for the Study of Asia Occasional Papers on AsiaBOSTON - The Boston University Center for the Study of Asia launched its first publication, titled Occasional Papers on Asia, based on a recent BUCSA/US Naval War College symposium on China’s navy.

The first of these papers, titled “China’s Naval Modernization: Reflections on a Symposium” was authored by Aki Nakai.  Mr. Nakai is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Boston University. He is currently conducting research on the dissolution of security alliances, Japanese foreign and security policy, and U.S., Japan, and Chinese trilateral relations.  In the paper, he comments on the overarching themes discussed at the symposium:
"The “rise of China” is on everyone’s lips these days, with the conversation being driven both by China’s rapid economic development and its military modernization. On November 9, 2010, the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia hosted a symposium that focused on one aspect of China’s rise: its naval modernization. Professor Andrew Bacevich of Boston University kicked off the afternoon with an opening address that posed the central question: Are China and the United States on a collision course? This question was then explored by Lyle Goldstein, Nan Li, Peter Dutton, and Toshi Yoshihara of the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and Professor Robert Ross of Boston College."

This series will highlight a wide range of topics and issues in relation to Asian Studies and will feature the research of BUCSA’s faculty and fellows.

From BU Center for the Study of Asia