The Trump-Kim Summit has started to reshape the US-North Korea relations and changed the political calculus for many countries in the region and beyond.
Young China Watchers (Singapore) and Pacific Forum Young Leaders Program (Singapore) are co-organising a panel discussion featuring speakers representing various viewpoints from the perspectives of the US, Korea, China and Singapore.
A multitude of questions arising from this summit will be discussed:
- Did Kim outfox Trump and gain more from this Summit?
- Is China the real biggest winner here, as the Trump-Kim deal was essentially a “freeze-for-freeze” arrangement?
- What are the factors that caused the dramatic shift from last year’s sabre rattling to this year’s “peace mood” on the Korean Peninsula?
- Did Trump bring us back from the brink of war and how will inter-Korean relations be moving forward?
- How does the media in other major countries in the region like Japan and Russia portray the recent improvements in US-North Korea relations?
The panel will tackle these questions and more in a moderated discussion followed by an audience Q&A.;
We invite Young China Watchers (Singapore) and Pacific Forum Young Leaders Program (Singapore) will co-organise a panel discussion on the recently concluded Trump-Kim Summit, featuring speakers representing various viewpoints from the perspectives of the US, Korea, China and Singapore. to discuss.
The Pacific Forum CSIS Young Leaders Program
Harry Sa is a Senior Analyst with the U.S. Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University NTU). His current research interests include U.S. policy and alliance relations in the Asia Pacific, U.S.-China bilateral relations, and the Korean peninsula. His major work during his graduate studies centered on the implications of the US MAGTF presence in Darwin, Australia. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in History (Honors) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and also holds a Master’s in Global Affairs and Policy from the Yonsei University, Graduate School of International Studies. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and spent three years pursuing his graduate degree in Seoul, South Korea.
Shawn Ho is a Singaporean and an Associate Research Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore.He conducts research as a member of the Regional Security Architecture Programme at RSIS. He also contributes to and supports the work done by the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) Singapore.His research interests are: East Asian politics, security and history (in particular Korean Peninsular affairs).Prior to joining RSIS in April 2016, he was a Researcher at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Singapore for about three years. He has also worked at the National Security Coordination Secretariat, the Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore and the Ministry of Defence, Singapore.Shawn obtained his Master’s Degree in Asian Studies from RSIS and his Bachelor’s Degree from the Singapore Management University (SMU) with a double major in Political Science and Economics. He also spent six months studying Korean intensively at the Yonsei University Korean Language Institute in Korea. He has been a fervent supporter of the English football club Tottenham Hotspur for over 20 years.
Keith Qi Zhai is a Government correspondent with Bloomberg News currently based in Singapore after working in Beijing for a decade. He is also a former government news reporter with Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post. An award-winning journalist, Zhai regularly breaks a wide variety of scoops including the Communist Party’s political reshuffles, economic and financial policies, cyber security issues and beyond. He studied in China, Canada and Japan.
Bae Dae Yeon
Bae Dae Yeon is a research analyst in the alternative asset sector and a volunteer with Choson Exchange, a non-profit organization that supports entrepreneurs and business-minded individuals in North Korea. He assists the team in inter-Korean relationship analysis and outreach. He was formerly a staff of Choson Exchange, organizing overseas workshops in Singapore and Vietnam. Dae Yeon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the National University of Singapore.