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Improving South Korea and Taiwan Relations: Sometimes Painful, Always Meaningful, and Ultimately Inevitable," with Jaeho Hwang

Part of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies' Taiwan Forum Series

Friday, December 13, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The Elliott School of International Affairs
Chung-wen Shih Conference Room: 1957 E Street, NW, Suite 503
Washington, DC 20052

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*This event is off the record.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Jaeho Hwang, Chair, Division of International Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), ROK

Although 2012 was the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between South Korea and China, it was also the 20th year of diplomatic cessation between South Korea and Taiwan. Taiwan is significant to South Korea in three ways. First, Taiwan’s experience in securing stability and peace in Cross-Strait relations through deepening mutual coexistence and economic exchange holds great meaning for South Korea. Second, Taiwan would be a good indicator of whether China will take on the characteristics of hegemony or a righteous leadership at the time they become a G2. Third, if the U.S. considers Taiwan as a strategic burden and does not continue to protect it, what decision will Taiwan make? The U.S.-Taiwan relationship is a good comparative case for ROK-U.S. relations. These three points are important lessons for South Korea's future decisions.

Dr. Jaeho Hwang is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is a professor of the Division of International Studies at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, South Korea. He also serves as an Advisor on the Korea-China Political Economy Forum at the National Assembly, South Korea. Previously, he was a Research Fellow at the Center for Security and Strategy at the Korean Institute for Defense Analysis (KIDA) (2004-2010). His research interests include Northeast Asian security issues, Chinese foreign policy and China-ROK relations. He received a Ph.D. and M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from Chinese Culture University, Taipei.




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