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Prospects for US-South Korea cooperation in an era of US-China strategic competition

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The intensification of great power competition between the United States and China stands to define the future of the regional order in Asia. As China has acquired more capabilities, it has become more aggressive in advancing its national interests, while the United States has moved decisively toward strategic competition and confrontation. There is a risk, however, that the trajectory of U.S.-China relations may compromise regional stability and prevent effective collaboration in security, trade and technology, energy, and the environment.

As one of the most consequential bilateral relationships in the Asia-Pacific, U.S.-South Korea cooperation will be crucial to the shaping of the future regional order. How can the United States and South Korea more effectively coordinate on China? What is the impact of U.S.-China strategic competition in various policy domains? What is the agenda for U.S.-South Korea bilateral cooperation in ensuring a stable and inclusive regional order?

On Friday, November 13, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings and the East Asia Institute hosted experts to address these issues. The event featured a keynote session with Deputy Assistant Secretary for Korea and Japan Marc Knapper, followed by two expert panels. Each panelist has authored a report addressing these issues, which was published on the East Asia Institute’s website after the event.

Viewers submitted questions by emailing events@brookings.edu or via Twitter to @BrookingsFP using #USROK.

Agenda

Keynote session

M

Marc Knapper

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Korea and Japan - Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Panel one

Politics and security

Chun Chaesung

Chair - National Security Research Center, East Asia Institute

Professor - Seoul National University

Ha Young-Sun

Chairman of the Trustees - East Asia Institute

Professor Emeritus - Seoul National University

Lee Sook Jong

Senior Fellow and Trustee - East Asia Institute

Professor - Sungkyunkwan University

Panel two

Economy, energy, and environment

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