Richard Samuels on Sino-Japanese Relations: SURGE Fall Speaker

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Sino-Japanese Peace and Friendship. On this special occasion, Tufts Sino-U.S. Relations Group Engagement (SURGE) cordially invite you and your organization to our Fall Speaker series to review the Sino-Japanese relationship and its profound implications on the international order.

We are honored to have Professor Richard Samuels as our speaker this fall. Professor Samuels is a Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the Center for International Studies at MIT. He has been head of the MIT Political Science Department, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Japan of the National Research Council, and chair of the Japan-US Friendship Commission. He has also been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and was awarded an Imperial decoration by the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese Prime Minister. His articles and studies have been published in a wide range of academic journals. His books on Japanese foreign policy, the 2011 Tohoku catastrophe, and Machiavelli have won him a wide range of prestigious awards.

The event will be held at 8:00 p.m. on October 18th at Mugar 200. There will be snacks and refreshments provided before the event. Feel free to email us at or for any questions about this event.

Tufts SURGE is a student-run organization at Tufts University. Our goal is to foster positive relations between China and the United States, cultivating cooperation and understanding between students and experts from different backgrounds and cultures. We organize a speaker event every fall semester and a symposium each spring. In the past years, we’ve had a variety of speakers including the Ambassador of Singapore to the U.S. Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, former President Trump’s nominee for Ambassador to South Korea Victor Cha, as well as former Chief Secretary of Hong Kong, Anson Chan.

For those interested, following are the full text of the treaty and a Chinese newspaper article (in English) on its background:

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