Yasuhide Nakayama serves as the State Minister of Defense of Japan, as well as a Member of the House of Representatives in Osaka 4th Electoral District. It is his fifth time being elected to the House of Representatives for the Liberal Democratic Party, having served, to name a few, as a Deputy Chairperson at the Diet Affairs Committee and Chief Director of the Special Committee on North Korean Abductions and Other Issues. Prior to that, he has worked as Head of Local Response Headquarters regarding the hostage incident of Japanese nationals in Syria, State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs. He is an alumnus of the Graduate School of Waseda University.
Competition of systems is in full swing. China is emerging in a more competitive shape and more self-confident out of the pandemic in the economy, controlling the virus, tech dominance or military. With the Chinese growing dominant position in the global arena, how are future relations with China going to look like? With the US announcing China to be the biggest challenge of the century, how can the US and Europe work together to face the threat? On what issues can the cooperation with China be successful, and what alliances can be formed?
A growing number of Nations are openly challenging China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea, including EU nations (France, UK, Germany), Japan, and the United States. How can freedom of trade and navigation be protected and the rule of law and internationally accepted norms in the high seas of the South China Sea be upheld? How are like-minded nations cooperating to protect freedom of navigation and trade security in the South China Sea and what more can be achieved?