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Recorded | The Evolving Relationship of China, Asia and the United States with Carol McCavitt – Fall 2021

Previously recorded class.


You will be sent the link to a private playlist of all recorded sessions of this class.


YouTube Recording – You will be sent a link to a private playlist containing all sessions from Fall 2021 within 48 hours during standard office hours.

NOTE – This is a continuation of Carol’s class from Summer 2021

As China challenges US hegemony in Asia, Japan, the third largest global economy and close ally of the US, finds its geopolitical position shifting as well.  As Sino-American relations deteriorate, most Asion nations view with dismay the pressure to choose sides.  Meanwhile Japan’s relationship with the People’s Republic is complicated.  Clearly enemies during the Sino-Japanese War (1895) and of Mainland China itself (1937), both sides have struggled to improve relations, primarily by increasing trade.  But historical tensions linger in Chana, both Koreas and the Philippines over Japanese occupation and the perception that Japan has not fully atoned for its brutality. As the United States seeks to make military alliances with Japan, South Korea and the Philippines to counter growing Chinese aggression in the South and East China Sea and in Taiwan, Japan’s past relations with these nations have made that more difficult.  This semester will examine the obstacles confronting Japan and the US as they seek to check Chinese ambitions in the region.

Class Fee: $30

Instructor:  Carol McCavitt has been teaching for SPARK since 2009.  Before moving to Kansas City, Carol was a high school teacher on Long Island, where she taught Advanced Placement European History for 20 years.  Educated as an undergraduate at SUNY at Stony Brook, Carol completed her Master’s Degree at Queens College in NYC and did her doctoral work at Carnegie- Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

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