The UK-Japan Defence Agreement: Implications for cross-strait tension


Tuesday 9 May 2023, 12pm-1.30pm

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On January 11 2023, the Prime Ministers of the UK and Japan signed a reciprocal access agreement in London. This is a sign of both countries‘ willingness to strengthen their commitments to guarding stability and security in the Indo-Pacific. In this webinar, panellists will discuss Japan’s maritime security and the China threat, and the implications of the agreement for the region.


Charlie Parton OBE, Associate Fellow at the Council on Geostrategy, The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)

Dr. Min-shih Shen, Director of the Division of National Security Research and Acting Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the Institute for National Defense and Security Research (INDSR), Taiwan

Fumio Suetsugu, Rear Admiral JMSDF (retired), Senior staff writer Jitugyo no Nihon Forum (JNF)

Chair Dr. Chun-yi Lee, Taiwan Studies

Panellists Bio’s

Charlie Parton OBE is Associate Fellow at the Council on Geostrategy, The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS). He spent 22 years of his 37 year diplomatic career working in or on China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In his final posting he was seconded to the EU Delegation in Beijing, where, as First Counsellor until late 2016, he focussed on Chinese politics and internal developments, and advised the EU and Member States on how China’s politics might affect their interests. He has also worked in Afghanistan, Cyprus, Libya and Mali. In 2017 he set up his own consultancy, China Ink, and was chosen as the UK Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee Special Adviser on China; he returned to Beijing for 4 months as Adviser to the British Embassy to cover the Communist Party’s 19th Congress.

Dr. Shen Ming-Shih is the director and associate professor, Graduate Institute of Strategic Studies and International Affairs, war College, National Defense University, ROC, Taiwan. He also is a adjunct associate professor, Tamkang University. He got his Phd of Political Science from National Defense University, MA from National Chengchi University,Taiwan and BA from ROC Taiwan Military Academy. He had been to the IDSA(India) for visiting fellow. His research topics include PLA, National Security, Strategic Theory, Civil-Military Relations.

Fumio Suetsugu (Rear Admiral JMSDF retired), currently Senior staff writer Jitugyo no Nihon Forum (JNF). After graduating from the National Defense Academy in 1978. Fumio Suetsugu joined the Self Defense Forces (Navy). After serving as a crew of JDS Hatsuyuki, Shirane, he became Commanding Officer of JDS Akigumo, Military attaché of Embassy of Japan in Singapore. Before retiring in 2011 as Commander of Fleet Intelligence Center JMSDF. He served several intelligence units and commander of ships. After retiring, he worked as a technical advisor at a company that develops software for information systems. Incumbent from 2021. He graduated 2013 PLA STUDIES INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM hosted by National Defense University, ROC, and a Senior researcher of Institute of Military and Intelligence Strategy.

Chair Dr. Chun-yi Lee, Taiwan Studies, Programme, School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham