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Trade Wars and Sanctions: The Sino-American Confrontation and Japan
- Alexander Dmitrenko (Head of Asia Sanctions, based in the Tokyo office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer)
- Hiromi Murakami (Senior fellow at Economic Strategy Institute and Adjunct Professor at Temple University Japan Campus (TUJ))
- Robert Dujarric (Director of the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS))
Diplomatic and military tensions between Washington and Beijing have been growing for many years. In a major escalation twist, President Trump and his administration have announced increased tariffs and export controls measures targeting major Chinese corporations, first and foremost Huawei. China no longer shies away from responding to such measures and has already announced the establishing of the Unreliable Entities List and implementation of its own Export Controls Law. Third-countries are invariably affected by this confrontation – starting with Canada’ which arrested the daughter of Huawei’s founder and whose citizens are now facing (retaliatory) prosecution by Chinese authorities. As America’s primary ally in Northeast Asia and a major trade partner of both the USA and the PRC, Japan and its businesses find themselves in a tricky position requiring potentially to pick sides, if the trade war continues to escalate.
Our panel will discuss the specifics of conflict and its implications for Japan and the rest of the world.
Head of Asia Sanctions, based in the Tokyo office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Alexander Dmitrenko began his legal career in Canada, where he obtained an LLM at the University of Toronto (following degrees from Central European University in Budapest and Southern Federal University in Rostov-on-Don). Pursuant to receiving his Master of Laws degree from NYU, Alexander worked in New York and Tokyo. He is currently the Head of Asia Sanctions, based in the Tokyo office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He specialises in white-collar defence, investigations, sanctions and international arbitration. Alexander is qualified to practice law in the Russian Federation, New York State and England & Wales. He is also registered as a Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi with the Daini Tokyo Bar Association (as a NY attorney). https://www.freshfields.com/en-gb/contacts/find-a-lawyer/d/dmitrenko-alexander/ While Alexander has kindly agreed to share his views and professional experience, he will not be speaking on behalf of the firm.
Senior fellow at Economic Strategy Institute and Adjunct Professor at Temple University Japan Campus (TUJ)
Hiromi Murakami is a senior fellow at Economic Strategy Institute, and an Adjunct professor at TUJ. Previously, she’s involved in various policy projects in US/Japanese institutions, including Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Health and Global Policy Institute, Economic Strategy Institute, and National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS). Her expertise includes state-industrial relations, US-Japan economic relations, and global health policies. She holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University and a BS in physics from Sophia University.
Director of the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS)
Robert Dujarric is the director of the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies at TUJ. He is a former Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in Japan (Hitachi Fellowship), was a researcher in Washington DC, and worked in banking in New York and London. He is a graduate of Harvard College and holds an MBA from Yale University. https://www.tuj.ac.jp/icas/the-institute/staff/dujarric/