Since the end of the Cold War, there has been a growing awareness that the security and prosperity of Asia Pacific will be largely contingent upon enhanced cooperation among the region’s three dominant economies—China, Japan, and the United States. Based on that premise, JCIE launched a long-term policy research and dialogue project in December 1996 as part of the Asia Pacific Agenda Project (APAP) to explore the issues and challenges that lie ahead. The project took a two-pronged approach, combining workshops that involved senior scholars and experts with study groups of emerging intellectual leaders from the three countries. The project began with an initial workshop in Beijing in December 1996, followed by workshops in June 1997 in Tokyo, in July 1998 in Washington DC, in October 1999 in Kisarazu, and in October 2000 in Yokohama. The resulting publications are listed below.

In order to achieve long-term impact, this project featured not only senior scholars but also study groups of younger scholars from each country.

  • The Japanese study group was organized first in 1996 under the direction of Ryosei Kokubun as part of the Global ThinkNet Fellows initiative. 
  • The Chinese group was esablished in 1997, with Wang Jisi as director. 
  • The US team was organized in 1998 under the joint leadership of Peter Geithner and David Lampton. 

Based on their research and dialogue activities, the Japanese group published a report titled Challenges for US-Japan-China Cooperation in 1998. The US group published their papers under the title Major Power Relations in Northeast Asia: Win-Win or Zero-Sum Game in 2001.

This project was conducted in collaboration with the Institute of American Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the China Reform Forum, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the United States Institute of Peace.


Fan Gang

Director, China Reform Foundation, National Economic Research Institute of China, Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Lin Di

Secretary-General, China International Culture Exchange Center

Lu Zhongwei

Vice President, China Institute of Contemporary International Relations

Wang Jisi

Director, Institute of American Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Yang Jiemian

Senior Fellow, Director, Department of American Studies, Shanghai Institute for International Studies

Yuan Ming

Director, Institute of International Relations, Peking University


Yoichi Funabashi

Chief Diplomatic Correspondent and Columnist, Asahi Shimbun Newspaper

Ryosei Kokubun

Professor of Political Science, Keio University

Koji Watanabe

Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange

Tadashi Yamamoto

President, Japan Center for International Exchange


Morton Abramowitz

Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations and The Century Foundation

Peter Geithner

Advisor, Asia Center, Harvard University

David M. Lampton

George and Sadie Hyman Professor and Director of China Studies, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Nicholas Lardy

Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution

Richard Solomon

President, United States Institute of Peace


Fan Shiming

Lecturer, Institute of International Relations, Peking University

Ni Feng

Associate Research Fellow, Institute of American Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Wang Shuo

Editor, International News Department, People’s Daily

Xin Xueqing

General Manager, Beijing United Investment Management Co.

Zhu Li

Researcher, China Reform Forum

Zhu Wenli

Lecturer, Department of International Politics, Peking University


Lee Jong Won

Associate Professor, Rikkyo University

Hiroshi Nakanishi

Associate Professor, Kyoto University

Yuji Osaki

Associate Professor, Hokkaido University

Yukari Sawada

Lecturer, Kanagawa University

Takahiko Tennichi

Deputy Editor, Cultural News Department, Yomiuri Shimbun Newspaper

Jun Wada

Chief Program Officer and Director for Planning and Development, Japan Center for International Exchange

Noriyuki Wakisaka

Editorial Writer, Asahi Shimbun Newspaper


Amy Celico

Analyst, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Office of East Asia and the Pacific; United States Department of State

Evan Feigenbaum

Executive Director, Asia-Pacific Security Initiative, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Michael Green

Olin Fellow for Asia Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Gregory May

Assistant Director & Research Associate in Chinese Studies, Nixon Center

Daniel Rosen

Director of Research and Corporate Development, China Online L.L.C.

Scott Snyder

Representative, The Asia Foundation/Korea