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KEI Contributor – Jin Park

On March 28, 2015, KEI President & CEO Donald Manzullo moderated a panel discussion on economic and political challenges effecting Asia at the inaugural forum of the Rockford University Global Affairs Council in Rockford, Illinois. The panelists included Dr. Jin Park, former Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Unification of the Korean National Assembly; Dr. Gil Rozman, Emeritus Musgrave Professor at Princeton University; and Dr. Roxana Idu, Assistant Professor of Economics at Rockford University. The event was kicked-off with welcoming remarks from the Vice President and Provost of Rockford University, Dr. Steven Siconolfi. The panelists held a wide ranging and vibrant discussion on political and economic relations among China, Korea, Japan, Russia, and the United States and how upheavals in other parts of the world affect Northeast Asia.

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The Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) co-hosted an event with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in Chicago, Illinois entitled Asian Perspectives on US Foreign Policy. At a luncheon discussion at the office of the Chicago Council, Dr. Park Jin and Dr. Kuik Cheng-Chwee presented on how Korea and countries in Southeast Asia are evaluating the U.S. rebalance to Asia and are anticipating U.S. foreign policy toward Asia during the last two years of the Obama administration. Dr. Terence Roehrig explained what the U.S. is trying to do in Asia and how Asia policy might look with continuing problems in the Middle East and with Russia in Europe garnering so much attention.

Much of the discussion in the question and answer session centered on recent developments with countries stating their willingness to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank initiated by China. Moreover, questions and concerns were raised over the possibility of the Trans-Pacific Partnership completing the negotiations and getting passed by the U.S. Congress. There are big opportunities for the United States in Asia, but the countries in Asia are assessing and utilizing many of their options to allow them to not solely rely on China or the United States.

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On March 28, 2015 KEI will host a panel at the 2015 Association for Asian Studies Conference titled
“Hedging or Balancing between China and the United States”

Australia: Allied and Aligned
Malcolm Cook, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Understanding the Core ASEAN States’ Alignment Choices: Variations on a (Hedging) Theme
Cheng-Chwee Kuik, National University of Malaysia

South Korean Foreign Policy Toward China and the United States
Jin Park, Asia Future Institute & Hankuk University

Indian Foreign Policy Toward China and the United States
Daniel Twining, German Marshall Fund

Moderator: Daniel Twining, German Marshall Fund

To learn more about KEI at AAS, please click here.

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