On February 1st, 2018, a delegation from the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) visited ICAS to exchange ideas and views on U.S.-China and U.S.-Asia relations. The exchanges pertained primarily to issues in regional trade, economic and development ties and China’s expanding profile in Developing Asia and Africa by via of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The two sides also touched upon the maritime security environment in the Asia-Pacific and discussed the relative relaxation of tensions in the South China Sea.
JETRO is a Japanese government-related organization that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world. For its part, ICAS explained its role as an intellectual bridge-builder that aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas, policies and people between China and the United States.