Dr Nikolay Murashkin
Over the past year, the leaders of China and Japan have been vigorously promoting economic diplomacy with the European Union as a whole and with many of its states on a bilateral basis. The Belt and Road Initiative, a "grand design' of General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Xi Jinping, has met both optimistic and cautious responses among leaders in France, Germany and the UK. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet has finalised an Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU, sought to raise the profile of defence cooperation with France and the UK in the Indo-Pacific, and organised Abe's first tour of Eastern European members of the EU. This presentation will examine China's and Japan's economic and political relations with the EU and specific member states, their implications for Sino-Japanese ties and for international politics in the Asia Pacific.
Dr Nikolay Murashkin is a Visiting Fellow at Griffith Asia Institute. He earned his PhD from the University of Cambridge focusing on Japanese foreign policy and infrastructure finance in the New Silk Road region. Prior to his academic career, Nikolay completed a Master's degree at Sciences Po Paris and has worked as an analyst in a London-based bank on commodity finance transactions in Central Asia and Eastern Europe. He has been a Japan Foundation Fellow at Waseda University, Tokyo. He has published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and was the winner of the 1st prize of the Japan Foundation for the best academic paper by a junior scholar.
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