Has Beijing shifted its Korea policy from North to South? Why don’t Xi and Kim get along? Is Kim, back from his 40 day retreat, really in control? What is Pyongyang’s playbook– is the recent charm offensive for real? How will President Park Geun-hye in Seoul respond to the overtures from the North? Are we on the cusp of new, friendlier chapter in inter-Korean relations? How about the North Korea-Japan deal to resolve the ‘abduction’ issue? If it goes through, what will North Korea get? Can Abe and Kim sell it domestically? And where do all these developments and potential breakthroughs leave the U.S. and its ‘pivot’ to Asia?
DATE: Oct 29 (Wednesday)
VENUE: Embassy of Denmark, Sanlitun Dongwu Jie 1
ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 RMB on the door for non-members. Only with registration and photo ID.
REGISTRATION: at www.fccchina.org/events/29102014/
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
John Delury is an assistant professor of Chinese and East Asian studies at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, and author, with Orville Schell, of Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century (Random House, 2013). He studied at Yale for his BA and returned to work under Jonathan Spence for a PhD on modern Chinese history. He taught Chinese history and politics at Brown, Columbia, and Peking Universities, and was founding associate director of Asia Society’s Center on US-China Relations in New York. He follows Korean Peninsula affairs closely, having lived in South Korea since 2010, and visited North Korea four times in the past five years, most recently with the delegation led by Google’s Eric Schmidt and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. He is a regular contributor to Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Global Asia and 38 North, as well as scholarly journals in Chinese studies and Northeast Asian affairs, and his commentary appears frequently in the press. He is a senior fellow at the Asia Society, term member of the Council of Foreign Relations, member of the National Committee on North Korea, and was recently selected for the National Committee on US-China Relations’ Public Intellectuals Program.