Visits to East Asia Institute – Series Report of Pangoal Institution in South Korea (2)
Visits to East Asia Institute – Series Report of Pangoal Institution in South Korea (2)

On February 23rd, the Pangoal Institution visited the East Asia Institute (EAI), the only private research institution in South Korea ranked into the world's top 100 think tanks. The research group includes Yi Peng, President of the Pangoal Institution; Bai Yunfeng, Deputy Director of Pangoal Academic Committee; Wang Dong, Secretary General of the Academic Committee; Zhu Feng, Academic Committee Member and Researcher Li Lingfei. Participants from South Korea include Dr. Chaesung Chun, Chair of the Center for International Relations Studies at EAI, Professor of the department of Political Science and International Relations at Seoul National University; Lee Dongmin, Professor of Dankook University and Jong Kun Choi, Professor of Yonsei University. At the meeting, Pangoal researchers and EAI discussed issues related to global governance, global economic and trade order under new international situations, President Park Geun-hye impeachment case, South Korea’s THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) deployment and etc.

As an interdisciplinary research institution, the Pangoal Institution aims not only at the decision-making level but also directly to the public and the local government, introduced by Secretary General Wang Dong. The institution not only committed to academic research, more importantly, the Pangoal Institution pursues practical use. Therefore, just after three years, it has become one of China's most influential think tanks.

As for attitudes towards THAAD deployment, President Yi Peng said, it is clear that Chinese government and the public oppose to it, because the deployment makes no sense to resolving the Korean Peninsular Issue and it directly damages the security interests of China, Russia and other countries. Then the situation of regional strategic security becomes more complex. At present, both China and South Korea clearly know each other’s standpoints, and the key point is to find a way to solve the security concerns of two countries. The deployment, however, clearly can not solve the concerns of the Chinese side. South Korea should consider what can be done to alleviate the concerns, otherwise, relations between two countries are not optimistic.

The EAI was established as an independent think-tank dedicated to developing ideas and formulating policy recommendations on the main challenges facing the region. Through hosting scholarly seminars, forums, education program and various publications it can achieve these aims in creating influential products. The EAI is conducting research activities along with two main programs, the Foreign Affairs and Security Program and the Governance Research Program, which are conducted by the five research centers, that are Center for North Korea Studies, Asia Security Initiative Research Center, Center for Public Opinion Research, Center for Japan Studies and Center for China Studies.

Also through the utilization of the research task force team, the EAI addresses imminent and critical issues. In this way by working together with recognized scholars and leading policymakers, the EAI is at the center of producing research outcomes reflecting innovation and influential policy debate. As one of the leading think-tanks in South Korea, the EAI is fulfilling the way in forming a true knowledge-net community in Northeast Asia by setting up a system of joint research and scholarly exchanges in the U.S., Mainland China, and Taiwan as well as many other countries and regions.

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