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Emerging Leaders in East Asia

The Next Generation of Political Leadership in China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan

By J. Patrick Boyd, L. Gordon Flake, Cheng Li, Kenneth B. Pyle, Shelley Rigger, and Richard J. Samuels

Publication Year: 2008

Major powers in East Asia are undergoing important political leadership transitions. In China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, a new generation is emerging, equipped with unique experiences and backgrounds. Exploring how these future leaders are likely to respond to regional trends and anticipating their policy preferences as they assume increasingly important leadership positions is critical to a well-grounded understanding of Northeast Asia in the 21st century. This report represents the culmination of a year-long initiative launched by NBR to provide U.S. government and corporate leaders with a better understanding of East Asia’s future leadership. By examining the qualities and characteristics that define these rising leaders and distinguish them from their predecessors, the initiative explores the possible implications of their emerging influence for U.S. foreign, economic, and security policy interests.

Published by: National Bureau of Asian Research

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A new generation of leaders is on the rise in East Asia. Shaped by distinctive political experiences, the emerging leadership in China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan will bring new perspectives and fresh priorities to the region’s political climate. How this ...

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Political Generations in East Asia: The Policy Significance

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The contemporary societies of East Asia have experienced more decisive generational change in the last several decades than any other region of the world. Because intergenerational value change is one of history’s locomotives, American policymakers need to accumulate ...

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China’s Fifth Generation :Is Diversity a Source of Strength or Weakness?

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pp. 15-53

The greatest challenge to the rule of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) probably comes not from outside forces but from forces within the party. China’s top leaders through the years—including Mao Zedong in the first generation, Deng Xiaoping in the second, ...

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Prosperity’s Children: Generational Change and Japan’s Future Leadership

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pp. 59-97

A new generation of politicians will rise to occupy the highest positions of political leadership in Japan over the next five to fifteen years. In the course of this transition these future leaders will face challenges both new and old. On the one hand, they will ...

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The Rise, Fall, and Transformation of the “386”: Generational Change in Korea

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pp. 99-122

Over the past five decades the pace of change in the Republic of Korea1 has been so dramatic that efforts to understand developments on the peninsula have tended to focus on how fundamentally Korea has been transformed in the space of what is loosely considered ...

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Rising Rationalists:The Next Generation of Leadership in Taiwan

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pp. 123-145

The Taiwan Strait has been called the world’s most dangerous flashpoint. The United States and China—both nuclear powers—find themselves on opposite sides of a dispute that could end in military conflict. Meanwhile, dialogue between Taipei and Beijing stalled ...

E-ISBN-13: 9781939131034

Page Count: 145
Publication Year: 2008