Chey Institute Inaugural Conference
U.S.-China–Korea Trilateral Conference: Northeast Asia in Transition

2019.02.14 - 15

Chey Institute for Advanced Studies (CHEY) held its inaugural conference entitled “Northeast Asia in Transition” on February 14-15, 2019 to celebrate its launch. The conference was made up of five open sessions and two closed sessions. A total of 35 participants – thirteen from the US, seven from China, and fifteen from South Korea – joined the in-depth discussion on security, economics, scientific, and technological dimensions of the Northeast Asian region.

JIA Qingguo, CHO Hyun, Harry HARRIS, Edwin FEULNER, Kurt CAMPBELL, SOHN Jie-ae, Stapleton ROY, ZHU Feng, YOON Young-kwan, HA Young Sun, JIA Qingguo, Daniel RUSSEL, KIM Heung-Kyu, Joseph YUN, Robert EINHORN, ZHANG Tuosheng, HAN Fangming, PARK In-Kook, KIM Sung-han, KIM Junhyung, CHOI Seokyoung, BARK Taeho, Kathleen STEPHENS, Christopher JOHNSON, ZHANG Yunling, SONG Hong, CHOI Byung-il, ZHANG Tuosheng, Bruce BENNETT, Robert GALLUCCI, Victor CHA, IM Hyug Baeg, SOHN Yul, Laura MANLEY, GONG Ke, LEE Jeong-Dong, KIM Yoon, HYEON Taeghwan

Session and Lectures

  • The plenary session attended by a panel of Sohn Jie-ae (Professor, Ewha Womans University), Cho Hyun (First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs), Harry Harris (US Ambassador to the ROK), Edwin Feulner (Founder, Heritage Foundation), Kurt Campbell (Chairman, The Asia Group), and Jia Qingguo (Professor, Peking University) focused on the US-China competition, North Korean nuclear issue, and the future of the US-ROK alliance.

    • JIA Qingguo, School of International Studies, Peking University
    • CHO Hyun, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROK
    • Harry HARRIS, US Embassy to the Republic of Korea
    • Edwin FEULNER, The Heritage Foundation
    • Kurt CAMPBELL, The Asia Group
    • SOHN Jie-ae, Ewha Womans University
  • The Session One entitled “A New Cold War at the Crossroads” focused on three main issues: future of the US-China relations; escalating tension in the Asian region due to the US-China competition, especially surrounding the hotspots – Korean Peninsula, East China Sea, and South China Sea; and new operating system for the Asia-Pacific region to avoid a Cold War between the US and China.

    • Stapleton ROY, (Former) US Department of State
    • ZHU Feng, China Center for Collaborative Studies of the South China Sea, Nanjing University
    • YOON Young-kwan, Seoul National University
    • HA Young Sun, East Asia Institute
    • JIA Qingguo, School of International Studies, Peking University
    • Daniel RUSSEL, Assistant Secretaries of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (2013-2017)
    • KIM Heung-Kyu, Department of Political Science and Diplomacy, Ajou University
  • The Session Two entitled “Finding a Solution or Freezing the Status Quo?” zeroed in on the Korean Peninsula and looked at the pertinent issues: expectations from the Hanoi Summit; future of the US-ROK alliance, nuclear non-proliferation, and the effectiveness of economic sanctions.

    • Joseph YUN, (Former) US Department of State
    • Robert EINHORN, Brookings Institution
    • ZHANG Tuosheng, Center for Foreign Policy Studies, China Foundation for International and Strategic Studies
    • HAN Fangming, Charhar Institute
    • PARK In-Kook, Chey Institute for Advanced Studies
    • KIM Sung-han, GSIS, Korea University
    • KIM Junhyung, Handong University
  • The Session Three entitled “From Trade War to Technology Hegemony?” explored the effects and implications of the US-China trade war and economic competition on the world trade regime. The session also looked at the World Trade Organization (WTO) reforms.

    • CHOI Seokyoung, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea in Geneva
    • BARK Taeho, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, ROK
    • Kathleen STEPHENS, Korea Economic Institute of America
    • Christopher JOHNSON, CSIS (Center For Strategic and International Studies)
    • ZHANG Yunling, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, CASS
    • SONG Hong, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
    • CHOI Byung-il, GSIS, Ewha Womans University
  • During the Session Four entitled “Towards a New Strategy in the Transition of Northeast Asia,” participants discussed three issues closely affecting the future of Northeast Asia: transition of power in the region; transition from globalization to anti-globalization; and rise of identity politics in Northeast Asia.

    • ZHANG Tuosheng, Center for Foreign Policy Studies, China Foundation for International and Strategic Studies
    • Bruce BENNETT, RAND Corporation
    • Robert GALLUCCI, Georgetown University
    • Victor CHA, CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies)
    • IM Hyug Baeg, Korea University
    • SOHN Yul, East Asia Institute
  • Participants in the Session Five “Scientific Innovation and its Impact” focused on the impacts of scientific innovation and technological advancement on the society in general.

    • Laura MANLEY, Harvard Belfer Center
    • GONG Ke, Chinese Institute of New Generation Artificial Intelligence
    • LEE Jeong-Dong, Seoul National University
    • KIM Yoon, SK Telecom
    • HYEON Taeghwan, Seoul National University