The Charhar Institute held the Seminar on Sino-US Relations and the Peace Process on the Korean Peninsula in Beijing on the morning of July 1. The Seminar was held just against the backdrop of the newly-held 14th Summit of the G20 in Osaka of Japan from June 27-29 and the historic three-party meeting of the state leaders of the US, DPRK and ROK in Panmunjom on June 30.
During the G20 Summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping made statements which aroused great attention from the world. Xi also met with President Trump, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan and President Moon of South Korea during the Summit or the sidelines of the Summit. And then on the afternoon of June 30 after the G20 Summit, US President Trump arrived in Panmunjom, the demilitarized zone, meeting with the DPRK's top leader, Kim Jong-un. This is the first time that the incumbent President of the United States has ever set foot on the territory of North Korea. It is also the first time that the three leaders of the US, DPRK and ROK have gathered together, all of which have attracted the attention of the whole world.
With these newly developed backdrops, Su Hao, Senior Fellow of the Charhar Institute and Professor and Director of the Center for Strategic and Peace Studies of the China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU), who presided over the Seminar of July 1, commented that the meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-un in Korea and the G20 Osaka Summit not only had far-reaching historical significance for Korea and Japan, but also a very important impact on the Sino-US relations, which at present, are in a difficult time for the trade war. How to face and properly handle disputes and establish a good long-term cooperation mechanism deserves more discussion by academic circles.
All the participants actively shared their perspectives on the Sino-US relations and the situation on the Korean Peninsula, and exchanged in-depth ideas on such topics as "the future situation on the Korean Peninsula", "the process of denuclearization of Korea" and "the confidence-building of all parties involved in the Peninsula issue". They also shed light on the positions and policies of China and US on the Korean issue, on how to avoid the misunderstanding of China and the US on the Korean Peninsula issues, and also on how to build trust between China, the US, the DPRK and the ROK.
Lee Tai-Hwan, member of the Standing Committee of the National Unification Advisory Committee of Korea and honorary senior fellow of the Sejong Institute, delivered a report themed on "The Great Powers' Competition on the Korean Peninsula and China-South Korea Cooperation" at the Seminar.
Lionel Fatton, Research Fellow at the Charhar Institute, Assistant Professor of International Relations of Webster University in Geneva, and Research Collaborator of the Institute of Global Arms Transfer History of Meiji University, Liu Ming, Senior Researcher of the Charhar Institute, Researcher of International Studies, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Liang Yunxiang, Professor of International Relations, Peking University, and Shen Shiwei, Research Fellow at the Charhar Institute attended the meeting and participated in the discussion.
As a non-governmental think tank on diplomacy and international relations, the Charhar Institute has always attached great importance to the relationship between the United States and China, and committed itself to solving the Korean Peninsula issues constructively by non-violent means. The Charhar Institute will continue to carry out seminars on relevant issues and public diplomacy activities, so as to promote in-depth exchanges and mutual understanding between the parties concerned, gather consensus from all walks of life, and contribute to the easing of the situation on the Peninsula as well as the stabilization and sound development of Sino-US relations.
Group photo at the seminar
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