Edited by Christopher M. Dent
This book originates from a collaborative research project involving academics from the White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC). Established in 2006, WREAC is an international centre of excellence on China and Japan funded by Britain’s Higher Education Funding Council, the Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council following a successful £4 million bid under the 2006 Language Based Area Studies initiative. The White Rose East Asia Centre is a joint endeavour between the University of Leeds and the University of Sheﬃeld. The National Institute of Chinese Studies and the National Institute of Japanese Studies together constitute the White Rose East Asia Centre. A WREAC research workshop on the subject of ‘China, Japan and Regional Leadership in East Asia’ was held at University House, Leeds on 11-12 July 2007. Organized by the book’s editor, Dr Christopher Dent, the event brought together a number of distinguished scholars to discuss current developments in Sino-Japanese relations, and the prospects of China and Japan assuming positions and roles of leadership in the East Asia region. Subsequently revised papers presented at the research workshop form the basis of the book. East Asia is becoming an increasingly prominent and coherent region in the international system. Thus, understanding how the region is, or will most likely be ‘led’ by particular leader actors is of some critical importance. This is in some way connected to emerging new governance structures of the East Asia region, for example through the construction of regional-multilateral organizations and...