U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is in Tokyo today for talks with the Japanese Prime Minister and other top officials. On the agenda: North Korea and the threat that country’s nuclear program poses to the region. Earlier in the week, during his visit to China, Secretary Gates toured a Chinese strategic missile command center. The Chinese military staged a test of its stealth fighter jet – a move that to seemed to surprise Chinese government leaders. Still, Secretary Gates said progress had been made in the efforts to forge closer military ties with China: Please join us for a update on Gates’ mission and east Asian security issues.


  • John Delury senior fellow, Asia Society’s Center on US-China Relations and professor, Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies in Seoul
  • Michael Green Japan chair and a senior adviser, Center for Strategic and International Studies associate professor of international relations,Georgetown University.
  • David Shambaugh Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Director, China Policy Program, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University His newest books: "China's Communist Party: Atrophy & Adaptation; American and European Relations with China" and "The International Relations of Asia"

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