On September 3 the PRC, for the first time in its history, organized a huge military parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of “the Chinese people’s victory in the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression. Missiles, from short to long-range, were prominently on display. This event further demonstrated the tense situation in the Asia-Pacific and particularly in Northeast Asia where doubts have been expressed about the reliability of the US extended deterrence guarantees in a situation where threats and threat perceptions are far more blurred than during the cold war.
Valerie Niquet will offer a few reflexions on extended deterrence, from a French perspective, in Northeast Asia and possible scenarios for a region which is today at the forefront of nuclear proliferation.
Head of the Asia Department at Fondation pour la recherche stratégique (the Foundation for Strategic Research) in Paris
Valerie Niquet received her PhD in political science, MA in Chinese and BA in Japanese from the University of Paris. She is Head of the Asia Department at Fondation pour la recherche stratégique and former Director of Asia Center at Ifri (French Institute of International relations) and works on strategic issues in Asia and the interaction between economic development, political transformation and security policy in China. Her last publications include “Chine-Japon: l’affrontement” (the China-Japan Confrontation). She is currently visiting research fellow at the Japan Institute for International Affairs.
She has published extensively on strategic issues, international relations and defence policies in Asia as well as on the evolutions of the Chinese political system. She is the translator of two major works of the Chinese military classics (the Art of war by Sun Zi and the Military Treaty by Sun Bin). Her latest publications include “Confu-talk: the Use of Confucian Concepts in Contemporary Chinese Foreign Policy”, in Anne-Marie Brady, China’s Thought Management, Routledge, 2011, Chine-Japon, l’affrontement, Paris, Perrin, 2006.