Northeast Asia in the Biden Era
World Ch. Schedule : KST
Date : 2021-01-21
The new era has begun under the Biden administration, which vowed to bring back the United States’ reputation as the world leader. How will the new president affect ongoing global affairs? As opposed to former President Trump, who pushed forward with ‘America First’ protectionist policies, President Biden vowed to bolster multilateralism and strengthen alliance to restore U.S. leadership. His policies toward China and South Korea will most likely reshape the Northeast Asian geopolitics. South Korea is expected to benefit from President Biden and his policies as he expressed he is willing to restore the traditional alliance relationship. However, if the U.S. approaches North Korea issues just for the sake of its practical interests, South Korea’s role as a facilitator of the Pyeongyang-Washington ties will carry more weight. If the Biden administration decides to press China harder on the global stage, it can take a toll on South Korea’s diplomacy.
In this New Year’s special edition, we delve deep into the start of the Biden era and how it would affect South Korea-U.S., U.S.-China, and South Korea-China relations moving forward.
Skype Interview Guests
- Charles Freeman / U.S. Chamber Senior Vice President for Asia
- Scott Snyder / senior fellow and director of U.S.-Korea policy at Council on Foreign Relations
- Charles Koupchan / Senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and Professor of international affairs at Georgetown University