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Seeking for Solutions, Scholars from Seven Countries Explored New Challenges in Asia Pacific Security
Date:Aug 28, 2017
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Recently, the North Korean nuclear test, US-ROK joint military drill and  China-India border standoff have added lots of uncertainties to the security pattern of Asia Pacific. It has become a common concern of all parties concerned to improve the security situation in the region.

On August 28th , the Pangoal Institution and world famous think tank S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University of Singapore (RSIS) co-hosted China-Singapore Think Tank Forum 2017- New Challenges in Asia-Pacific Security.

China-Singapore Think Tank Forum 2017 is an institutional meeting of the Pangoal Institution and S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. Senior scholars of international relations and international security who are from China, Singapore, the US, India, New Zealand, ROK and Japan attended the forum. They analyzed challenges for Asia-Pacific security, sought for solutions and predicted the future cooperation prospects of Asia-Pacific security.

The forum explored four problems: Regional Geopolitics: Continuities and Changes, Key Bilateral Relations, Maritime Security in the Asia Pacific and Prospect of Regional Cooperation.

As for the theme Regional Geopolitics: Continuities and Changes, Professor Editor, Journal of Contemporary China and Director, Center for China-US Cooperation, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver Suisheng Zhao illustrated his views. Assistant Professor of RSIS Evan Resnick submitted the paper The “Overcommitment Trap” in America’s Grand Strategy towards East Asia.  Professor of Kanagawa University, Japan Ryo Sahashi submitted the paper A New Security Environment in East Asia and Emerging Japan’s Strategic Hedging.

As for Key Bilateral Relations, Senior Fellow and Academic Committee Member, the Pangoal Institution and Associate Research Fellow, Institute of American Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Li Nan submitted the paper A Renewal of Sino-North Korea Relations: Chinese Strategic Thinking on North Korea, Professor of Korea University Lee Jung Nam submitted the paper South Korea's Perception and Policy on China in the Age of Competition between the U S and China: Focusing on the Perception of Chinese Experts in Korea. Director of India Research Center, the Pangoal Institution and Research Fellow, International Affairs Research Center, Fudan University Lin Minwang submitted the paper Emerging Trends and New Challenges in China-Indian Relations. Research Fellow of the Pangoal Institution Zhong Houtao submitted the paper Changes in Cross-Strait relations since Tsai Ing-wen Came to Power. Professor of International Relations and Deputy Director of the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies at RSIS Tan See Seng submitted the paper Singapore’s Evolving Relations with China in the Context of the 2016 Arbitral Award, Academic Committee Member of the Pangoal Institution and Associate Research Fellow of China Center for Contemporary World Study, International Department,Central Committee of CPC Zhao Minghao submitted the paper The “Trump Shock” and Sino-US Relations.

As for Maritime Security in the Asia Pacific, Academic Committee Member, the Pangoal Institution and Professor of Department of International Political Economy, School of International Studies, Peking University Zha Daojiong submitted the paper The South China Sea: the Energy Factor. Professor of Massey University, New Zealand Marc Lanteigne submitted the paper The Genesis of China's Arctic Strategy, Vice Secretary-General and Member of Academic Committee, the Pangoal Institution Jing Hua submitted the paper Chinese Military Strategy in the New Era.

As for Prospect of Regional Cooperation, Senior Fellow in the South Asia Programme at RSIS, Singapore Sinderpal Singh submitted the paper India and Southeast Asia: An Overview of Cross-Border Physical Connectivity Projects. Secretary-General of Academic Committee, the Pangoal Institution and Deputy Executive Director, Institute for China-US People-to-People Exchange, Peking University Wang Dong submitted the paper Why There is No Northeast Asian Security Mechanism? Senior Fellow and Associate Director, the Pangoal Institution Northeast Asian Studies Center Yue Li submitted the paper Trilateral Reparations among China, Japan and South Korea: Competition, Coordination toward Cooperation.

The scholars expressed their views on the China diplomacy, China-Singapore relationship, the security of Northeast Asia, North Korea issues, Asia Pacific strategy of the U.S., trilateral relations between China, Japan and ROK.  The issues were discussed deeply and thoroughly and fruitful results were achieved.

In the conclusion part, scholars from both sides believe that this forum is significant for the security situation in the Asia Pacific. Both institutions should continue to strengthen ties with each other, build a communication platform for scholars and contribute to the construction of the security situation in the Asia Pacific.

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